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
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
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
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.