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Royals (17-32) 3 AT Cardinals (25-24) 10 Double Header – In game 1 Brad Keller was strong through 7 innings of 2-run ball. Jorge Soler hit a 3-run shot to cap off a 6-run 3rd. In game 2 Marcell Ozuna homered for the second time in the twin-bill. The Cardinals hit 4 homers and the Bullpen shut down the Royals through 4 innings. The Cardinals scored 10 runs on 12 hits to reverse their fortunes from game 1 and split the double header.
Athletics (25-25) 7 AT Indians (25-23) 2 – Frankie Montas struck out 9 batters over 6 scoreless innings. Mark Canha homered and drove in 3 and Nick Hundley homered and had 3 hits. The A’s win made it 6 and a half in a row. Their game on Sunday was suspended but they were winning when it was called off so we could say 7 in a row. Either way the team is on a role and has reached the .500 mark.
Reds (22-27) 9 AT Brewers (29-22) 11 – Josh VanMeter (not a typo) hit an RBI double and Tucker Barnhart hit a 3-run shot to life the Reds to an early 5 run lead. Keston Hiura and Derek Dietrich traded homers and the Reds remained in control 6-1 going into the bottom of the 3rd. Mike Moustakas went deep, and the Brewers scored 5 straight runs to tie the game. Jose Iglesias singled in 2 runs to give the lead back to the Reds. In the Bottom of the 6th the Brewers put up a 5-spot and although the scoring wasn’t done, the Reds were.
Mariners (23-29) 1 AT Rangers (24-23) 2 – two of baseball’s most explosive offenses combined for just 3 runs. Marco Gonzales pitched gave up just 1 earned run over 7 strong innings for Seattle. Texas used the Opener and 3 relievers to hold the Mariners to a lone run. Hunter Pence has had an incredible career revival and added a 10th homer to his season totals.
Diamondbacks (25-25) 2 AT Padres (26-24) 5 – Eric Lauer pitched 7 innings of 1-run ball and got the win to complete the sweep. Greg Garcia had 3 hits and an RBI for the Padres who collected 12 hits on their way to their 3rd win in a row. The Diamondbacks offense continues to struggle as the team lost their 5th straight game. Kirby Yates closed out his 3rd game in 3 days and leads the majors with 20 saves.
Yankees (31-17) 7 AT Orioles (15-34) 5 – Thairo Estrada and D.J. LeMahieu went yard in a 4-run 2nd. Gleyber Torres continues to pound Orioles pitching this year with another multi-homer game. Gary Sanchez hit his 15th homer as the Yankees continue to roll despite a slew of injuries. The Yankees are just 1 of 4 teams in baseball with over 30 wins and they don’t have Severino, Judge, or Stanton. The Yankees Bullpen pitched 4 innings of 1-hit ball and struck out 6.
Red Sox (26-23) 6 AT Blue Jays (20-29) 5 F/13 – Rafael Devers homered in the 8th to give Boston a 4-2 lead. Justin Smoak homered in the bottom of the inning and Danny Jansen singled home the tying run in the 9th to send the game to extras. Mookie Betts and Rowdy Tellez traded bombs in the 12th and then Michael Chavis hit the winning home run in the 13th. Xander Bogaerts had 3 hits in the win for Boston.
Dodgers (32-18) 1 AT Rays (28-18) 8 – Tommy Pham homered in the 4th and Max Muncy went deep in the 6th. Rich Hill pitched 6 solid innings his only real stain was the home run, but the Bullpen blew it in the 7th. Avisail Garcia and Kevin Kiermaier hit 3-run shots in a wild 7-run 7th. The Rays used their Opener to hold the Dodgers to 1 run on 5 hits. It’s easy to find problems with the Opener or dismiss it as unsustainable, but this team won 90 last year and have jumped out to 28-18 in 2019.
Marlins (15-31) 6 AT Tigers (18-28) 3 – Christin Stewart doubled, and the Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Marlins have had a fun little win streak and thankfully it will continue. Garrett Cooper hit his 1st MLB homer and Brian Anderson went deep in the 6th. The Marlins have won 5 in a row and no longer have the worst winning percentage in baseball. The Tigers haven’t won a game since the 12th of the month.
Nationals (19-30) 1 AT Mets (23-25) 6 – Maybe a freak injury to Cespedes and Mickey being almost fired was what they needed. The Mets still provided some Metty entertainment, as Robinson Cano hurt himself hustling after being benched for not hustling. The game itself was a pitching duel as Max Scherzer struck out 9 over 6 shutout innings and Jacob deGrom gave up 1 run and just 2 hits over 6 innings. The Mets were held scoreless until the 8th when Juan Lagares doubled home 3 runs and Rajai Davis hit a pinch-hit 3-run homer. While the Mets ride a mini winning streak, the Nationals have to be in panic mode. The team has lost 4 straight and is 11 games under .500, the Bullpen is a dumpster fire and the team need competent 4th and 5th starters.
Rockies (22-25) 9 AT Pirates (24-22) 3 – Jon Gray pitched 7 innings and gave up 3 runs for Colorado. Josh bell hit a moon shot for his 15th of the year, but that’s where the Pirates fun ends. Daniel Murphy and Tony Wolters hit 3-run bombs for an explosive Rockies offense. Everyone in the Lineup, including Gray, had a hit and the Rockies piled on 16 hits and 6 walks.
Phillies (28-21) 4 AT Cubs (29-18) 8 – The Phillies used some key base hits to take a 3-0 lead. Anthony Rizzo hit a 3-run bomb and Albert Almora hit a grand slam. Javier Baez added another homer to pile on and the Cubs took the lead in the series. Bryce Harper had 3 hits as he seems to be emerging from his slump.
White Sox (22-26) 9 AT Astros (33-17) 4 – The White Sox turned a triple play, something that is only averaged about 5 times a year. Eloy Jimenez went deep, and Charlie Tilson hit a grand slam. Alex Bregman hit his 15th jack of the year, but the Astros only scored 4 runs on 12 hits. Everyone in the Lineup had a hit, but they were 1-7 with runners in scoring position and left 7 on.
Braves (27-23) 9 AT Giants (21-27) 2 – In a bizarre line score, Jeff Samardzija gave up 6 runs none of which were earned. Dansby Swanson and Freddie Freeman homered to cap off a strange 6-run 2nd inning for the Braves. Austin Riley hit his 4th dinger of the year and it was a 3-run blast. Max Fried gave up 2 runs over 6 innings to improve to 7-2 on the season.