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.
Angels (37-37) 3 AT Blue Jays (26-47) 1 – Tyler Skaggs pitched 7.1 innings of 1-run ball and allowed just 3 hits. The Blue Jays started the scoring with a homer from Lourdes Gurriel Jr., but the Angels quickly answered with long balls from Kole Calhoun and Brian Goodwin. The Angels have won 6 of their last 8 and their last 2 in a row to move to .500 on the season.
Tigers (26-43) 5 AT Pirates (32-40) 4 – Josh Bell hit his 20th jack of the year in the 2nd to give the Pirates the early lead, but the Tigers scored 4 runs over the next few innings. Jung-Ho Kang and Kevin Newman tripled home runs and the score was tied 4-4 in the 7th before the Tigers pushed across the go-ahead run in the 8th. The Pirates beat themselves with 3 errors and going 1-10 with runners in scoring position while leaving 9 on.
Astros (48-26) 3 AT Reds (33-38) 4 – Jesse Winker and Derek Dietrich went deep as the Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning. Kyle Farmer added some needed insurance with a homer of his own in the 7th, in the 9th Alex Bregman hit his 20th bomb, but it wasn’t enough to take down the Reds. Anthony DeSclafani gave up 1 run over 5.1 innings as the Reds were able to beat the Astros on a Justin Verlander day. The win clinched the 3-game set for Cincinnati who won their 3rd in a row.
Mets (35-38) 10 AT Braves (43-31) 2 – Jacob deGrom struck out 10 over 8.1 innings of 2-run ball. The Mets offered plenty of offensive help in the form of 10 runs on 15 hits. Pete Alonso hit his 24th blast and finished the day with 4 hits, 3 RBI, and 2 walks. Jeff McNeil also went yard and added 3 hits in the big Mets win.
Indians (38-34) 10 AT Rangers (39-34) 3 – Zach Plesac has been great through his first 5 starts in the majors. He tossed 7 innings of 1-run ball in the win over the Rangers. The Indians scored early and often including a 4-run 3rd and a 3-run 7th as part of a 10-run and 14-hit performance. Jason Kipnis had 2 hits and 3 RBI and Jose Ramirez also knocked in 3 and homered in the blowout win.
White Sox (35-36) 3 AT Cubs (39-33) 1 – Cole Hamels gave up 1 run over 7 innings and struck out 8 but left with a no-decision after the White Sox used 5 pitchers to hold the Cubs to a run. Kyle Schwarber hit a homer in the 1st to put the Cubs up early and they kept that lead until the 6th. The White Sox scored on a Tim Anderson single and throwing error, and Eloy Jimenez hit a 2-run shot in the 9th to give the White Sox the lead and the win.
Marlins (26-45) 6 AT Cardinals (37-35) 0 – Jordan Yamamoto threw 7 scoreless innings last time out in his MLB debut so in this start he pitched better. Yamamoto gave up only 2 hits this time and struck out 7 as opposed to his last start when he gave up 3 hits and struck out 5. Starlin Castro and Brian Anderson went deep to lead the Marlins wo scored 2 in the 7th and 3 in the 8th in the win.
Rays (43-30) 3 AT Yankees (45-27) 6 – The Yankees and Rays traded runs early and it was the Rays who led 2-1 after 4 and a half. The Yankees scored 3 in the 5th all on singles and Cameron Maybin homered in his 4th straight game. Edwin Encarnacion hit his first Yankees homer which was his 22nd on the year. Aroldis Chapman saved his 19th game and improved his ERA to 1.30 and he has struck out 39 hitters over 27.2 innings. The win was the 4th straight for New York who now lead Tampa by 2.5 games.
Red Sox (40-35) 3 AT Twins (48-24) 4 F/17 – Rafael Devers singled home a run in the 4th and went deep in the 7th to give the Red Sox a 2-1. Max Kepler had an RBI single in the 8th to tie the game and send it to extras. Mookie Betts went yard in the 13th to take the lead, but the Red Sox quickly gave it up in the bottom of the 13th. The game finally ended on a Max Kepler walk-off single in the 17th. The Red Sox were 1-13 with runners in scoring position and left 14 on.
Rockies (38-34) 8 AT Diamondbacks (38-36) 1 – Antonio Senzatela gave up a run through 6.2 innings to stifle the Diamondbacks. Nolan Arenado homered and doubled and now has 18 dingers and 60 RBI. Arenado had 3 hits and 3 RBI, and Charlie Blackmon also had 3 hits. The Rockies scored 8 runs on 12 hits.
Orioles (21-52) 2 AT Athletics (38-36) 16 – Brett Anderson gave up an earned run through 7 innings and the A’s exploded offensively. The A’s hit 6 homers and put up a 10-spot in the 6th. Ramon Laureano went 4-5 with 3 RBI as the A’s put up 16 runs on 15 hits. Beau Taylor hit his first MLB homer in the blowout win.
Royals (25-48) 9 AT Mariners (31-46) 0 – Homer Bailey pitched 7.2 innings of shutout baseball in the win. Jorge Soler hit his 20th bomb and Whit Merrifield hit 2 jacks to lead the Royals. Merrifield went 3-4 and drove in 6 runs and Adalberto Mondesi stole his 27th base. The Royals scored 9 runs on 13 hits as they won their 3rd in a row.
Brewers (40-33) 1 AT Padres (37-37) 4 – Logan Allen had a spectacular debut to lead the Padres to the win. Allen gave up just 3 hits over 7 shutout innings, and the offense was led by Manny Machado’s ground rule double and a homer by Francisco Mejia. Giants (31-40) 0 AT Dodgers (49-25) 9 – Clayton Kershaw improved to 7-1 with 7 scoreless innings giving up only 3 hits. Joc Pederson hit his 19th bomb and Enrique Hernandez hit a grand slam as part of a 6-run 7th. The Dodgers scored 9 runs on 14 hits in the shutout win.
Scores in bold.
Rays (43-29) 0 AT Yankees (44-27) 3 – Masahiro Tanaka was incredible last night. Tanaka struck out 10 over a complete game shutout and only gave up 2 hits and a walk. Cameron Maybin went 3-3 with a homer and D.J. LeMahieu also went deep for the Yankees. The Yankees took game 1 of this all-important series between the top 2 teams in the AL East, which the Yankees now lead by a game and a half.
Angels (36-37) 10 AT Blue Jays (26-46) 5 – Justin Upton came back and let it be known with a homer to start a 7-run 2nd. Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout homered, it was the 20th for Trout who went 4-5 with 3 RBI. The Angels clearly enjoyed having Upton back as they scored 10 runs on 13 hits in the win. Cavan Biggio hit 2 jacks for Toronto in the loss.
Astros (48-25) 2 AT Reds (32-38) 3 – There was no scoring from either side until the bottom of the 5th when the Reds scored 3 on RBI singles from Nick Senzel and Eugenio Suarez. The Astros scored 2 in the 7th and fell one short. Luis Castillo improved to 7-1 on the season with 6 innings of 2-run ball, his ERA is at 2.26. Before the loss the Astros were 12-6 in 1-run games while the Reds had been 10-15.
Mets (34-38) 3 AT Braves (43-30) 12 – Ronald Acuna Jr. led off the bottom of the 1st with a long ball and the Braves scored often in the later innings to rout the Mets. Ozzie Albies, Brian McCann, and Acuna each had 3 hits and the trio had 8 RBI. As a team the Braves put up 12 runs on 16 hits in the blowout. Last start against the Pirates was the only bad start of the season for Mike Soroka. Soroka got back to his winning ways and improved to 8-1 and an ERA of 2.12 with a quality start to beat the Mets. The Braves are on fire and have won 10 of their last 11.
Indians (37-34) 2 AT Rangers (39-33) 7 – Lance Lynn was great through his 7 innings, he allowed 1 run and struck out 9 hitters. Danny Santana homered and had 2 hits and 2 RBI to lead the Rangers offense. Francisco Lindor and Oscar Mercado went yard in the Indians loss. Both teams face long odds to come back in the Division race, but both are in good spots in the Wild Card race. Cleveland will be an interesting team in the trade market.
Red Sox (40-34) 2 AT Twins (47-24) 0 – J.D. Martinez had an RBI single to start the game, but the scoring quickly dried up after that. Jose Berrios gave up just that 1 run over 8 innings with 10 strikeouts, and Rick Porcello struck out 8 over 7 scoreless innings in the pitching duel. In the 9th Xander Bogaerts doubled home a run to push the Red Sox to a 2-run lead in the win. The Red Sox won their 6th in a row in the start of the 3-game series in Minnesota.
Marlins (25-45) 0 AT Cardinals (37-34) 5 – Miles Mikolas held the Marlins scoreless over 6 innings and the Bullpen finished the job as the Cards shut out the Fish. Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler went deep to lead the offense. Carpenter was 3-4 from the leadoff spot in the Cardinals win.
Orioles (21-51) 2 AT Athletics (37-36) 3 – Mike Fiers pitched 6.2 innings and gave up 3 hits without allowing an earned run. All of the scoring happened in the first 3 innings with the A’s putting up 1 in the first and 3 in the 3rd and the O’s scoring up 2 in the 2nd. The 2 teams made only one error a piece, but they were both costly. The Orioles loss was their 6th straight as they are 3 games behind the second worst team in baseball.
Royals (24-48) 6 AT Mariners (31-45) 4 – The Royals put up 2 in the 1st, but the Mariners cut the lead in half in the 4th and then a Tom Murphy 3-run shot put the Mariners up 4-2. Jorge Soler hit his 19th bomb of the season to take the lead in the 8th as the Royals went on to win. The Royals Bullpen tossed 4 scoreless innings of relief striking out 8.
Brewers (40-32) 0 AT Padres (36-37) 2 – Joey Lucchesi gave up just 3 hits over 7 scoreless innings as the Padres shutout the Brewers. Manny Machado went deep in the 3rd to give the Padres a 2-0 lead that they would not relinquish. Despite being 0-7 with runners in scoring position and leaving 9 men on the Padres won, because baseball.
Giants (31-39) 3 AT Dodgers (48-25) 2 – Brandon Crawford started the scoring with an RBI double to score 2 in the 2nd. Max Muncy hit his 17th blast in the bottom of the inning to bring the Dodgers within one, but the Giants picked up another run in the 6th and eventually won 3-2. Tyler Beede gave up 1 run over 6 solid innings to earn his 1st MLB win.
Sunday’s scores in bold.
Cardinals (36-34) 4 AT Mets (34-37) 3 – On Friday the 2 teams played a Double Header sort of, sort of because the 1st game was finishing up a suspended game from Thursday. Paul DeJong took the lead in the 10th with an RBI single to give the Cards a 5-4 extra inning win. In game 2 the Cardinals hit 4 homers and scored 9 runs with a 3-run 5th and 4-run 8th. John Gant blew the Save, but then pitched 3 scoreless innings to earn his 6th win and lower his ERA to 1.66 in the 9-5 win. On Saturday Pete Alonso’s 23rd homer was an absolute bomb to give the Mets the lead. J.D. Davis went deep and had 4 hits in the Mets 8-7 win. On Sunday Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong went yard to lead the Cardinals over the Mets in a narrow win.
Diamondbacks (38-35) 5 AT Nationals (33-38) 15 – On Friday Max Scherer struck out 10 batters to move to 27th all-time on the strikeout list. He also threw 7 innings of 2-run ball, and Anthony Rendon went deep to lead the Nationals to a 7-3 win. On Saturday Ketel Marte hit 2 dingers for his 4th multi-homer game of the season. Nick Ahmed had a 4-hit game and the D-backs scored 10 runs in the 10-3 win. On Sunday Matt Adams hit a grand slam and a 3-run shot to pick up 7 RBI in one game. The Nats had 15 hits and 15 runs and only had 2 innings where they couldn’t score. Ketel Marte continued his home run barrage and now has 20 homers on the season.
Red Sox (39-34) 8 AT Orioles (21-50) 6 F/10 – On Friday J.D. Martinez homered twice as part of a Red Sox attack that put up 13 runs on 16 hits. Eduardo Rodriguez gave up 1 run over 7 innings in the 13-2 win. On Saturday Chris Sale struck out 10 batters over 6 innings of 2-run ball. J.D. Martinez went yard in the Red Sox 7-2 win and is hitting .385 with 4 homers and 6 RBI in his last 7 games. On Sunday Marco Hernandez went deep in the 9th to tie the game and Rafael Devers hit a bomb to start a 5-run 10th. The Red Sox swept the O’s and have won 5 in a row.
Rangers (38-33) 3 AT Reds (31-38) 11 – On Friday the Rangers used 4 Relievers to hold the Reds to 1 run on 5 hits and they struck out 12. Rougned Odor hit a grand slam and walked 3 times in the Rangers 7-1 win. On Saturday Mike Minor gave up 3 runs over 6.1 innings, but the Rangers picked him up with 2.2 perfect innings of relief. Yasiel Puig and Curt Casali went deep in the 4-3 loss. On Sunday Jesse Winker went 4-5 with a homer and 5 RBI, and Yasiel Puig went yard in the win. The Reds scored 11 runs on 14 hits to take care of the Rangers.
Pirates (32-39) 5 AT Marlins (25-44) 4 – On Friday Steven Brault gave up 8 hits but held the Marlins scoreless through 6 innings to earn the win. Colin Moran homered and had 3 hits and 5 RBI, and the Pirates had 18 hits in the 11-0 win. On Saturday Pablo Lopez gave up 3 runs over 7 innings in the win. Garrett Cooper and Harold Ramirez had 3 hits each in the Marlins 4-3 win. On Sunday Melky Cabrera tripled home a run to tie the game in the 7th and was followed by Josh Bell’s 27th double of the year. Chris Archer struggled again, but the Bullpen did a good job in holding the Marlins scoreless in the last 4 innings.
Angels (35-37) 5 AT Rays (43-28) 6 – On Friday The Angels 4-0 advantage was answered with a 5-run 6th and a 4-run 7th. After Blake Snell left, 5 Relievers gave up just 3 hits over 5.2 shutout innings in the 9-4 win. On Saturday David Fletcher, Kevan Smith, and Justin Bour went deep to lead the Angels. Charlie Morton suffered his 1st loss in 22 starts in the 5-3 loss. On Sunday Tommy Pham’s blast put the Rays on top and some insurance runs kept the lead despite a late homer from Mike Trout. After the weekend the Rays stand half a game back from New York in the AL East.
Indians (37-33) 8 AT Tigers (25-43) 0 – On Friday Jake Bauers hit the second MLB cycle in as many nights. Bauers was 4-5 with 4 RBI in the Indians 13-4 win. On Saturday Shane Bieber struck out 12 over 7.2 innings and gave up only 2 runs to earn his 6th win. On Sunday Trevor Bauer pitched his 2nd great start in a row. Bauer went the full 9 and gave up just 4 hits in the shutout. Jason Kipnis and Oscar Mercado combined for 6 hits and 7 RBI as the Indians completed the sweep.
Phillies (39-32) 1 AT Braves (42-30) 15 – On Friday Brian McCann singled home 2 runs to reach 1,000 RBI and walk it off against the Phillies. Freddie Freeman hit his 19th homer of the year in the 9-8 walk-off win. On Saturday Cesar Hernandez singled home 2 runs to take the lead in the 9th for the Phillies. Scott Kingery had 3 hits and is now hitting .347 after the Phillies 6-5 win. On Sunday The Braves exploded for 15 runs on 19 hits. Ronald Acuna Jr. homered and went 4-5 with 2 RBI, and Mike Foltynewicz gave up 1 run over 6 innings in the win.
Blue Jays (26-45) 12 AT Astros (48-24) 0 – On Friday Alex Bregman hit his 19th long ball of the year and Robinson Chirinos hit a grand slam and had 6 RBI. Gerrit Cole struck out 10 over 6 innings in the 15-2 win. On Saturday Yordan Alvarez hit his 4th homer in 5 games and had 3 hits in the win. Framber Valdez struck out 8 over 6 innings of 2-run ball in the 7-2 win. Leonys Martin stole home in the 4-2 win. On Sunday Trent Thornton shut out the Astros over 6.2 innings and the offense exploded for 12 runs. Teoscar Hernandez hit 2 of the Blue Jays 5 homers as the Jays scored 12 runs on 14 hits.
Yankees (43-27) 10 AT White Sox (34-36) 3 – On Friday Lucas Giolito became the 1st pitcher to 10 wins with 6 innings of 1-run ball. Eloy Jimenez hit two 3-run shots in the 10-2 win. On Saturday the Yankees traded for Edwin Encarnacion and then went out and beat the White Sox. Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres each drove in 3 in the 8-4 win. On Sunday James Paxton pitched 6 innings of 2-run ball and benefited from some heavy run support. Brett Gardner and Austin Romine each had 2 hits and 4 RBI for the Yanks who hung onto 1st place.
Royals (23-48) 8 AT Twins (47-23) 6 – On Friday Kyle Gibson gave up 2 hits over 8 dominating innings, but it was still tied at 0 until Mitch Garver hit a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 8th. Brad Keller pitched 7 scoreless in the 2-0 loss. On Saturday Max Kepler and Marwin Gonzalez went yard and C.J. Cron doubled home the winning run. Jake Odorizzi joined Lucas Giolito in the 10-win club, in the Twins 5-4 win. On Sunday Martin Maldonado had 3 hits and 2 RBI to lead the Royals over the Twins. The Twins won the series and still hold a 10-game lead over the Indians.
Padres (35-37) 14 AT Rockies (37-34) 13 – On Friday the Padres had the best comeback of the year when they came back from down 6 in the 9th and scored 5 more in the 12th. Hunter Renfroe hit 3 jacks and drove in 5 runs with 3 hits as the 2 teams combined for 28 runs on 39 hits in the Padres 16-12 win. On Saturday Ian Desmond hit a grand slam and drove in 5 in another Coors Field game. Charlie Blackmon went 4-6 with 2 RBI in the Rockies 14-8 win. On Sunday the 2 teams broke the record for most runs in a 4-game series with 92 runs. Hunter Renfroe hit 2 more homers to bring his total to 23, but there were so many good performances its hard to single them out. The 2 teams combined for 27 runs on 34 hits.
Mariners (31-44) 6 AT Athletics (36-36) 3 – On Friday Marco Gonzales gave up 1 earned run over 7 innings to earn the win. Omar Narvaez had 3 hits and J.P. Crawford drove in 3 for the Mariners in the 9-2 win. On Saturday Frankie Montas pitched another good game and improved to 9-2 after striking out 9 over 6 innings of 2-run ball. Jurickson Profar went 3-4 with 4 RBI in the A’s 11-2 rout. On Sunday the Mariners rode a 4-run 8th to the win. Mike Leake gave up 2 earned runs over 7 innings, it can’t be easy to perform knowing any day you might be traded.
Cubs (39-32) 2 AT Dodgers (48-24) 3 – On Friday Rich Hill gave up 3 runs in 7 innings and had the go-ahead RBI in the win. Rookie Matt Beaty (who was a 12th rounder for the Dodgers in 2015) hit his 1st homer of his career in the 5-3 win. On Saturday Walker Buehler and Yu Darvish each gave up 2 hits over 7 innings. Anthony Rizzo hit his 19th blast of the year to give the Cubs the lead in the 9th in the 2-1 win. On Sunday Night Baseball Cody Bellinger hit his 23rd jack to tie the game in the 6th and Russell Martin had the go-ahead RBI with a single in the 8th. Hyun-Jin Ryu didn’t allow an earned run over 7 strong innings and the Dodgers took 3 of 4 from the Cubs in a great series.
Brewers (40-31) 5 AT Giants (30-39) 3 – On Friday Pablo Sandoval and Kevin Pillar both went deep and had 3 hits in the win. Drew Pomeranz didn’t give up an earned run over 5 innings in the Giants 5-3 win. On Saturday Christian Yelich hit his 26th bomb of the year to make it a 1-run game. Stephen Vogt tripled twice and drove in 2 runs in the Giants 8-7 win. On Sunday Eric Thames and Jesus Aguilar went deep to lead the Brewers attack. The Brewers Bullpen tossed 5 scoreless innings including 2 perfect innings by Josh Hader.
Scores in bold.
Pirates (30-38) 5 AT Braves (40-29) 6 – Freddie Freeman tripled, and Ozzie Albies doubled as part of a 5-run 5th to lead the Braves. The Pirates scored a handful late but couldn’t overcome the deficit. Julio Teheran have up 1 earned run through 6 innings as the Braves won their 7th straight and swept away the Pirates who suffered their 7th defeat in a row.
Mariners (29-43) 5 AT Twins (45-22) 10 – Nelson Cruz hit his 12th jack of the year for the Twins who only led 1-0 after 5. In the 6th the Twins put up a 6-spot and then scored 3 more in the 7th. Michael Pineda pitched 5.2 innings of 1-run ball and the Twins put up 10 runs on 14 hits in the win. Cruz ended up with 3 hits and 3 RBI, and Ehire Adrianza also contributed with 3 hits.
Diamondbacks (37-33) 5 AT Nationals (31-37) 0 – Zack Greinke was unhittable through 6 innings to continue his and the Diamondbacks surge. Greinke pitched 7.1 shutout innings and only allowed 2 hits, he could’ve gone further (he was only at 75 pitches) but was taken out after a rain delay. Greinke is 8-2 with a 2.65 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. Alex Avila and Jarrod Dyson each had homers to life Arizona to its 9th win in the last 12 games.
Blue Jays (25-43) 12 AT Orioles (21-47) 3 – Cavan Biggio went deep in the 2nd, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had an RBI single, but Anthony Santander had 2 RBI to tie the game in the 5th. Gurriel homered to start the scoring in the 6th and the Jays didn’t stop until it was 9-2. Biggio went deep again in the 7th as Toronto scored 3 more in the offensive explosion. Marcus Stroman gave up 1 earned run over 6 innings in the win and 3 Blue Jays had 3 hits each. The Blue Jays also celebrated some good news from their NBA counterparts.
Rangers (36-32) 6 AT Red Sox (36-34) 7 – Another night brought along another RBI hit for Hunter Pence. J.D. Martinez hit his 13th homer, but it was the lone bright spot in the 1st for Boston who were down 6-1 after just 1 and a half innings. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a 3-run shot to make it a more manageable game and homers from Michael Chavis and Rafael Devers tied the game. Xander Bogaerts hit his 14th jack of the year in the bottom of the 7th to give the Red Sox the lead and the win. David Price left after giving up 6 runs in just 1.1 innings, but the Red Sox used 7 relievers who gave up just 4 hits in 7.2 scoreless innings.
Angels (34-35) 5 AT Rays (41-27) 3 – Albert Pujols hit his 200th Angels home run, putting him with only 5 other hitters who hit 200 long balls with 2 different clubs. Shohei Ohtani stole the show with the first ever cycle from a Japanese player. Ohtani hit a 3-run shot and Pujols a 2-run shot to produce the offense for the Angels. Tyler Skaggs received the win with 5 innings of 3-run ball, but the Bullpen deserved it with their 4 scoreless innings of 3-hit ball. Ohtani ended up going 4-4 with 3 RBI in the Angels 3rd consecutive win.
Tigers (25-40) 3 AT Royals (22-46) 7 – It was the 1st MLB game to ever be played in the state of Nebraska. Nicky Lopez got things started in Omaha with his 1st big league homer, and the Royals jumped out to a 7-0 lead after 6 innings. Homer Bailey gave up just 2 hits over 6 shutout innings in the win. Whit Merrifield had 2 hits and 2 RBI in the Royals 10-hit performance.
Yankees (41-26) 4 AT White Sox (33-34) 5 – Brett Gardner’s 11th dinger of the season gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead in the 4th, but they lost it the next inning thanks to Tim Anderson. Anderson hit a 3-run shot to tie the game after a Leury Garcia RBI double. Garcia came up in the 7th and untied the game with a homer to give the White Sox the win. The Yankees have been beyond incredible with all the injuries, but Yankees fans can’t help looking at the 0-16 the top 4 in the Lineup produced and waiting impatiently for Judge and Stanton.
Padres (33-36) 6 AT Rockies (36-32) 9 – RBI base hits from Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer gave the Padres a 2-0 lead in the 1st, which they quickly squandered. Trevor Story hit his 16th deep fly of the season in the 2nd to give Colorado a 5-2 lead. Charlie Blackmon homered twice and tripled home 2 runs in the win. Manny Machado went deep twice, but it wasn’t enough to come back against the Rockies surging offense. Blackmon ended up with 4 hits and 4 RBI as both teams had 13 hits, but the Rockies had 3 extra runs when it was all said and done.
Cubs (38-30) 3 AT Dodgers (46-23) 7 – Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant went deep to give the Cubs a 3-0 advantage after 3. Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy answered with jacks of their own, and then the Dodgers inflicted more damage with Bellinger’s 2nd homer of the game and a long ball from David Freese. Clayton Kershaw improved to 6-1 with 6 innings of 3-run ball in the win. Bellinger now has 22 homers to go along with a .358 average and a 1.153 OPS.
Scores in bold.
Athletics (35-34) 6 AT Rays (41-26) 2 – Yonny Chirinos pitched 6 innings of 2-run ball but was matched by Brett Anderson who threw gave up 2 runs over 6.1 innings. Matt Olson homered in the 6th to give the A’s a 2-0 lead, but Yandy Diaz hit an RBI double and Avisail Garcia singled home a run to tie the game. The game was decided in the 8th when Ramon Laureano hit a grand slam to make it a 6-2 game. The Rays had their chances as they had 12 hits, but they went 2-9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on.
Reds (30-36) 7 AT Indians (34-33) 2 – Nick Senzel and Joey Votto went deep to start the game off for the Reds. Eugenio Suarez and Curt Casali added homers in the Reds win. Anthony DeSclafani pitched 5.2 innings and only allowed a run in the win. Jose Iglesias had 2 hits and drove in 2 for the Reds who collected 9 hits.
Cubs (38-29) 10 AT Rockies (35-32) 1 – Cole Hamels struck out 9 over 7 scoreless innings for his 6th win of the year. It was a complete win for the Cubs who scored 10 runs while allowing just 1. Kyle Schwarber hit a 3-run shot to cap a 5-run 2nd and give Schwarber his 14th of the year. Javier Baez got the Cubs up to 10 runs with his 17th jack of the season in the win.
Rangers (36-31) 3 AT Red Sox (35-34) 4 – Hunter Pence has been one of the better stories of the first half of the season and he continued the story with a 2-run double in the 1st. Andrew Benintendi tripled in the 3rd and doubled in the 5th to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead. Elvis Andrus had an RBI in the 8th to tie the game, but Mookie Betts won it with a walk-off walk. Rick Porcello gave up 2 runs over 6.2 innings in the Red Sox win.
Diamondbacks (36-33) 2 AT Phillies (38-30) 0 – Zach Eflin struck out 9 and gave up just 2 runs over a brilliant 8 innings, but Merrill Kelly was better. Kelly gave up just 3 hits in 7.2 innings to earn the series win for the Diamondbacks. Christian Walker singled home a run and Nick Ahmed had a sacrifice fly as both of the runs came in the 5th.
Cardinals (33-33) 0 AT Marlins (24-42) 9 – Jordan Yamamoto came over to the Marlins in the Christian Yelich trade and had a special debut last night. Yamamoto pitched 7 shutout innings and only allowed 3 hits to earn his 1st MLB win. Garrett Cooper hit a grand slam and Curtis Granderson hit a 3-run homer to lead the Marlins offense. The win ended a 6-game skid for the Marlins and puts the Cards 4 games back in the NL Wild Card race.
Blue Jays (24-43) 8 AT Orioles (21-46) 6 – Rowdy Tellez hit a grand slam to cap a 6-run 5th inning for Toronto. The Blue Jays bring up an interesting point about the Opener. Do we judge it as successful if the Opener has a clean 1st inning regardless of what happens afterwards? In the end the Jays won, but it was despite their pitching which gave up 6 runs. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had 3 hits and drove in a run in the win. The Orioles are 20.5 games back in the division and 15 back in the Wild Card race, they have a solid chance to have the 1st pick in consecutive years.
Pirates (30-37) 7 AT Braves (39-29) 8 F/11 – Austin Riley tripled home 2 runs as part of a 3-run 1st, the Pirates answered back with 2 runs in the 2nd but Mike Soroka had an RBI single in the 3rd to make it 6-2. The Pirates chipped away at the lead by scoring in the 4th, 5th, and 6th. Josh Bell hit his 19th homer of the year in the 9th to give the Pirates a 7-6 advantage, but Austin Riley struck again with a long ball to tie the game. In the bottom of the 11th Ozzie Albies doubled home a run to give the Braves their 6th straight win and sole possession of 1st place in the NL East. The Pirates have dropped 6 straight and are now last in the NL Central.
Mariners (29-42) 9 AT Twins (44-22) 6 F/10 – Despite the score line, it was the pitchers who held the advantage early on. Jose Berrios tossed 6.2 innings of 1-run ball and the Mariners held the Twins scoreless through the first 6 innings. Daniel Vogelbach’s 17th bomb and a homer from Marwin Gonzalez started the scoring for the two teams. Rookie Shed Long hit his first MLB homer, a 3-run shot in the 8th to give the Mariners a 6-1 cushion. Max Kepler’s 16th blast started a 3-run 8th for the Twins who then tied it in the 9th with a 2-run shot from Byron Buxton. The Twins fell apart in the 10th and the Mariners took advantage of 3 errors to take a 9-6 lead and win the game. Vogelbach had a 4-hit night, and the Twins made 5 errors in the loss.
Brewers (39-29) 6 AT Astros (46-23) 3 F/14 – Ryan Braun and Yasmani Grandal went deep off of Justin Verlander early. Verlander would end up with 15 strikeouts over 7 innings. Tony Kemp doubled home 2 runs in the 4th to give Houston the lead, but Eric Thames tied it with a homer in the 7th. No one managed to score until the 14th when Mike Moustakas hit his 21st jack of the season and the Brewers pushed across 3 runs. After 7 strong innings from Brandon Woodruff, the Bullpen pitched 7 shutout innings to nail down the win. They struck out 8 and allowed just 1 hit as the Brewers keep their half game lead over the Cubs.
Tigers (25-39) 3 AT Royals (21-46) 2 – This game did not go into extras, but it provided excitement of its own. Miguel Cabrera drove home a run with a sacrifice fly in the 1st to get the scoring started but was quickly answered by Jorge Soler who doubled home a run. Ronny Rodriguez came back with an RBI double of his own to retake the lead but again Jorge Soler answered with an RBI single. Brandon Dixon retook the lead for good in the 8th as the Tigers went on to win. Danny Duffy gave up 2 runs over 7 innings in the loss. Daniel Norris allowed 2 runs over 5 innings and was picked up by his Bullpen who gave up just 2 hits over 4 scoreless.
Padres (33-35) 2 AT Giants (28-38) 4 – Kevin Pillar homered to give the Giants an early lead, but the Padres answered with 2 runs and led 2-1 in the 5th. Donavon Solano had 2 hits for RBI and Evan Longoria added another run as the Giants took the lead and the win. Shaun Anderson got the win with 6 innings of 2-run ball and handed San Diego its 4th straight loss.
Scores in bold.
Mets (33-34) 10 AT Yankees (41-25) 4 Double Header – In game 1 Jeff McNeil hit a 3-run shot in the 3rd to give the Mets an early 4-1 lead, but the Yankees answered back with a 5-run 4th. Gio Urshela and Luke Voit hit big homers to lead the Yankees to the 12-5 win. In game 2 Pete Alonso went deep for the 22nd time as it was the Mets who provided the offense. Carlos Gomez and J.D. Davis went yard to power the offense to 10 runs on 11 hits.
Diamondbacks (35-33) 4 AT Phillies (38-29) 7 – Scott Kingery hit a 3-run homer to add to the 2 jacks he hit yesterday for the Phillies. Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto had RBI doubles to lead the Phillies who snapped the D-backs 5-game winning streak. Ketel Marte hit his 17th bomb of the year in the loss. Kingery and Marte have produced 2 of the more impressive breakout performances this year. Kingery is hitting .324 with 7 homers and 18 RBI, while Marte is hitting .280 with 17 homers and 47 RBI.
Blue Jays (23-43) 2 AT Orioles (21-45) 4 – John Means continued his strong rookie campaign, with 5 innings of 1-run ball to lower his ERA to 2.60. The Orioles scored all of their runs on 4 doubles and had 6 doubles in total. Anthony Santander was called up from Triple-AAA less than a week ago, but he has hit .389 with an OPS of 1.143. He was 3-4 with an RBI double in the win over the Jays who have lost 5 in a row.
Cardinals (33-32) 7 AT Marlins (23-42) 1 – Dakota Hudson gave up 1 run over 7 innings to earn the win for the Cardinals. Marcell Ozuna hit his 17th homer to lead the Cardinals to 13 hits in the win. Yadier Molina had 2 hits in his return to the Lineup. The Marlins good times are gone as they have dropped their last 6 games.
Rangers (36-30) 9 AT Red Sox (34-34) 5 – Alex Cora and Andrew Benintendi were ejected for arguing with umps in what was a pretty good summation for a frustrating season for the Red Sox. The Rangers had a good day offensively with Hunter Pence hitting an inside-the-parker and the team scoring 9 runs on 9 hits. The Rangers haven’t dominated like the Twins, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to say they are the biggest surprise in baseball. After 2 wins in a row, the Rangers sit at 36-30 and 2 games ahead in the Wild Card race. Boston has lost 3 in a row and fell back to .500.
Athletics (34-34) 4 AT Rays (41-25) 3 – Tommy Pham homered in the 1st and Willy Adames stole home on a double steal to hand the Rays an early lead. Matt Olson and Khris Davis hit back-to-back jacks in the 6th to put the A’s ahead. Mike Fiers pitched 6 innings of 2-run ball to earn the win for the Athletics.
Reds (29-36) 1 AT Indians (34-32) 2 F/10 – Many experts had Trevor Bauer as their pick for AL Cy Young, unfortunately he hasn’t lived up to it so far, but he took a step last night. Bauer was strong through 7.2 innings allowing just 1 run in the no-decision. Luis Castillo is having a breakout season for the Reds and continued that with 6 more strong innings. Brad Hand deserves a shout out after pitching 2 shutout innings for the win, Hand has a 0.91 ERA with 44 strikeouts over 29.2 innings. Oscar Mercado won the game on the offensive side with a walk-off single in the 10th.
Mariners (28-42) 5 AT Twins (44-21) 6 – Edwin Encarnacion hit his 21st blast of the season to put the Mariners ahead 3-0. Homers from Jonathan Schoop and Jason Castro tied the game in the 4th, but the Mariners came back with another 2 runs to retake the lead. Jorge Polanco kicked off the scoring in the 8th with his 20th double as the Twins put up a 3-run inning for the win.
Nationals (31-36) 5 AT White Sox (32-34) 7 – The fact that Anthony Rendon has never been an All-Star is shocking and so is the fact that he’s only 5th among NL 3B in voting so far. Rendon hit a 2-run homer to give the Nats the early lead, but the White Sox quickly answered with a Wellington Castillo grand slam in the bottom half of the 1st. Rendon homered again but it was far too late to top the Sox who put together a solid performance on both sides of the ball. Eloy Jimenez hit a monster homer in the win.
Brewers (38-29) 8 AT Astros (46-22) 10 – The story was all offense as the two teams combined for 18 runs and 23 hits. Christian Yelich hit his 25th dinger of the year to go along with 54 RBI. Yuli Gurriel had 3 hits and 3 RBI and the Astros hit 4 homers in the win. Yasmani Grandal homered and had 3 hits with 4 RBI in the loss. The Astros are dealing with multiple injuries to All-Star players, but they keep finding sources of offense and have won 8 of their last 10.
Tigers (24-39) 2 AT Royals (21-45) 3 – Spencer Turnbull threw 6 shutout innings while Jakob Junis gave up 2 runs over 7 innings. Nicholas Castellanos and Brandon Dixon went deep to give the Tigers the early lead. Ryan O’Hearn homered to cut the lead in half and Jorge Soler and Cheslor Cuthbert had RBI hits in the 8th to win it for the Royals. It was a surprisingly good ball game from 2 of the worst teams in the league.
Cubs (37-29) 3 AT Rockies (35-31) 10 – Peter Lambert’s 1st start was 7 strong innings against the Cubs, and his 2nd start was 5 strong innings against the Cubs to earn his second win. Daniel Murphy and Ian Desmond each had 3 hits and Charlie Blackmon went deep and drove in 3 for the Rockies. The Rockies scored 10 runs on 13 hits in the win.
Pirates (30-36) 5 AT Braves (38-29) 7 – 4 homers in an inning isn’t what it used to be, but it still counts the same. After homers from Josh Donaldson, Nick Markakis, Brian McCann, and Ozzie Albies, the Pirates came back with runs in the 4th and 5th to tie the game. Brian McCann won it for the Braves with his second longball of the night, this one a 3-run shot to give the Braves the lead for good. Josh Bell became the first player in baseball to reach 60 RBI in the loss. The Pirates have dropped 5 in a row while the Braves have won their last 5.
Padres (33-34) 5 AT Giants (27-38) 6 – Fernando Tatis Jr. homered in the 1st, but the early Padres advantage was erased by a Steven Duggar 2-run homer. In the 5th Eric Hosmer singled home a couple of runs to give the Padres a 4-3 lead, but Evan Longoria doubled home 2 runs in the 7th which turned out to be a 3-run inning for the Giants. Ian Kinsler went deep to make it a 1-run game which was as close as the Padres would get.
Dodgers (45-23) 3 AT Angels (33-35) 5 – Shohei Ohtani and Justin Bour homered as part of a 5-run 1st for the Angels. Max Muncy hit his 14th and 15th jacks of the season, and David Freese added a homer late to bring the game within 2. The Dodgers don’t have many weaknesses, but they have struggled a bit on the road this year or maybe just looked human, they are 20-16 compared to 25-7 at home.
Scores in bold.
Cardinals (32-32) 4 AT Marlins (23-41) 1 – Michael Wacha tossed 6 scoreless innings to get the Cardinals back to winning. The Marlins showed such promise for 3 weeks going 13-5 from May 17th to June 5th, but they have dropped their last 5. Yairo Munoz doubled home a run on the 4th to get the scoring started for the Cardinals.
Athletics (33-34) 2 AT Rays (41-24) 6 – Brandon Lowe, Kevin Kiermaier, and Ji-Man Choi went deep to lead the Rays into 1st place in the AL East. Charlie Morton improved to 8-0 with 7 spectacular shutout innings allowing just 2 hits and bringing his ERA down to 2.10. The game was scoreless through 5 and a half before the Rays scored 2 runs in 3 straight innings to take the lead.
Diamondbacks (35-32) 13 AT Phillies (37-29) 8 – The MLB record for homers in a game by 2 teams had been 12, until it was broken last night by the 13 long balls the Phillies and Diamondbacks hit. Eduardo Escobar and Ildemaro Vargas each hit 2 jacks to lead the D-backs to a club record 8 homers. Escobar had 4 hits and drove in 5 as the Diamondbacks scored 13 runs on 14 hits for their 5th win in a row. Scott Kingery went deep twice, and Jay Bruce hit his 19th homer in the loss.
Rangers (35-30) 4 AT Red Sox (34-33) 3 F/11 – Andrew Benintendi hit a 2-run shot in the 1st to give the Red Sox the early lead. Danny Santana cut the lead in half with an RBI in the 6th, and Nomar Mazara put the Rangers ahead in the 9th with a 2-run single. Brock Holt singled home a run in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game and send it into extras where the Rangers won it in the 11th. Elvis Andrus had the biggest hit in the game with a single to score the winning run. Mike Minor gave up 2 runs over 8 innings while Chris Sale struck out 10 over 7 innings.
Pirates (30-35) 7 AT Braves (37-29) 13 – After Joe Musgrove was ejected the Braves offense went off with Ronald Acuna Jr. hitting a grand slam and Ozzie Albies homering twice in the win. Nick Markakis went 4-5 with 4 RBI for the Braves who scored 13 runs on 13 hits with 5 homers. The Braves 4th straight win put them in a tie with the Phillies for 1st place in the NL East. Starling Marte hit 2 homers and drove in 4 runs in the 4th straight loss for Pittsburgh.
Nationals (31-35) 12 AT White Sox (31-34) 1 – Everyone in the Nationals Lineup picked up a hit and 5 of them had multi-hit games. Trea Turner homered and came up a single shy of the cycle to lead the Nats to 12 runs on 16 hits. Anibal Sanchez gave up 1 run over 6 innings in the Nats 3rd consecutive victory.
Cubs (37-28) 5 AT Rockies (34-31) 6 – David Bote, Kyle Schwarber, and Anthony Rizzo went yard in the 3rd to give the Cubs a 4-0 lead. Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado answered with homers in the bottom of the inning to tie the game and took the lead on an Ian Desmond dinger in the 7th. The Cubs scored a run in the top of the 8th to tie it, but Ryan McMahon singled home a run in the bottom of the 8th to take the lead for good.
Dodgers (45-22) 3 AT Angels (32-35) 5 – Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez doubled home runs to give the Dodgers an early 3-0 advantage. Mike Trout’s 18th bomb of the year tied the game in the 7th and the Angels pushed across 2 runs in the 8th for the win. Hyun-Jin Ryu was his usual brilliant self, giving up 1 run over 6 innings and he now has an ERA of 1.36.