This Weekend in Baseball History May 17th-19th

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.

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