A’s Sweep Yankees

The Oakland Athletics were looking to sweep the New York Yankees and move up in the American League Wild Card Standings. Oakland jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first-inning on a Matt Olson RBI force out and a two-run single by Mark Canha.

This would spark the Athletics to sweep New York in a 5-3 victory.

Oakland scored two more runs on a Matt Chapman RBI single and a Stephen Piscotty RBI force out.

Mike Tauchman got the Yankees on the board with a RBI single in the fifth-inning.

Gleyber Torres hit a solo home run for New York in the seventh-inning off of Tanner Roark.

He hit second solo homer of the game in the ninth-inning off of Joakim Soria.

Tanner Roark (8-8) was the winning pitcher for the Oakland Athletics. He pitched 6.1 innings and gave up seven hits. Roark didn’t walk a batter and he struck out seven.

Masahiro Tanaka (9-7) was the losing pitcher for the New York Yankees. He pitched six innings and gave up eight hits and five runs. Tanaka walked two batters and struck out five.

Starting pitching has been a major concern as of late for this ball club and they need to find a way to figure it out soon.

It is quite possible that reliever Dellin Betances and starting pitcher Luis Severino will be back by the middle of September.

Joakim Soria recorded his first save of the season with Oakland. He pitched one inning and gave up one hit and one run. Soria struck out two batters.

The Athletics are now in the first wild card spot in the American League. The Tampa Bay Rays are in the second wild spot in the American League and the Cleveland Indians are now 0.5 games back of Tampa Bay for that spot after being swept on the road against the New York Mets.

The Yankees are just one game ahead of the Houston Astros for the first overall seed in the American League.

The New York Yankees will start a three-game set on the road this weekend against the Los Angeles Dodgers. This could potentially be a World Series preview.

The Oakland Athletics will begin a two-game set at home this weekend against the San Francisco Giants starting on Saturday.

 

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Mets Win Rain Shortened Game; Sweep Indians

Wilson Ramos hit a two-run double for the New York Mets in the fourth-inning against the Cleveland Indians to give them a 2-0 lead and they would win by that same score. That is all the offense New York would need in this one because the game was called after 12:15 a.m. in the eighth-inning because of a second rain delay.

The first rain delay began at around 8:45 p.m. The game was in the bottom of the sixth-inning. It should have been called during the first rain delay. The game resumed at 11:10 p.m.

The Mets had runners on the corners with no body out before the second rain delay began at around midnight with Amed Rosario up to bat.

New York swept Cleveland in this series. The New York Mets remain 1.5 games back of the second wild card spot. The Indians are now out of playoff positioning by just 0.5 games at the moment.

The Oakland Athletics jump into the first wild card spot in the American League and the Tampa Bay Rays jump into the second wild card spot in the American League.

Other than the rain, the starting pitching was strong in this game.

Noah Syndergaard (9-6) was the winning pitcher for New York. He pitched six innings and gave up two hits. Syndergaard did not walk a batter and struck out five.

He retired the first 16 batters of the game before giving up a hit to Tyler Naquin in the sixth-inning.

J.D. Davis made a fantastic over the shoulder catch in left field in the fourth-inning and he robbed Greg Allen of a hit.

Aaron Civale (1-3) was the losing pitcher for Cleveland. He pitched 5.2 innings and gave up four hits and two runs, Civale did not walk a batter and struck out three.

Tyler Clippard pitched 1.1 innings of perfect relief for the Cleveland Indians. Hunter Wood gave up a hit and a walk in the eighth-inning and didn’t record an out.

Jeurys Familia pitched an inning of relief for the New York Mets. He gave up a walk.

Paul Sewald pitched an inning of relief for New York and he struck out two batters.

Cleveland will look to get back on track as they will host the Kansas City Royals for a three-game set this weekend start on Friday night. The Mets will look to stay hot as they will host the Atlanta Braves for a three-game set this weekend starting on Friday night.

 

 

A’s Take Down Yankees Again

The Oakland Athletics were looking to keep momentum on their side and the New York Yankees were looking to take momentum back on this road trip.

New York grabbed a 1-0 lead on a RBI single by Mike Tauchman in the second-inning. Oakland responded with a two-run homer by Khris Davis in the second-inning off of J.A. Happ and a Marcus Semien two-run homer off of Happ in the third-inning en route to a 6-4 win over the Yankees.

The Athletics continue to climb in the American League Wild Card Standings. Even though they are still tied for the second wild card spot in the American League with the Tampa Bay Rays with a 73-53 record, both of those teams are now only 0.5 games back of the Cleveland Indians for the first wild card spot in the American League.

Cleveland has lost the first two games of their series on the road against the New York Mets. The Indians have lost five of their last seven games overall.

With Oakland winning 4-1 in the fifth-inning, Mark Canha hit a solo home run off Chad Green.

Mike Tauchman hit a sacrifice fly for New York to make it 5-2.

Stephen Piscotty hit a solo home run off of Chad Green in the sixth-inning for the Oakland Athletics.

The New York Yankees scored two more runs in the seventh-inning on a solo home run by Mike Ford off of Yusmeiro Petit and Didi Gregorius had an RBI double.

Mike Fiers (12-3) was the winning pitcher for Oakland. He pitched 5.1 innings and gave up six hits and two runs. Fiers walked three batters and struck out four.

J.A. Happ (10-8) was the losing pitcher for New York. He pitched four innings and gave up four hits and five runs. Happ walked two batters and struck out four.

Liam Hendricks recorded his 15th save of the season for the Athletics. He pitched 1.2 innings and struck out three batters.

A.J. Puk made his MLB debut for Oakland. He is 24 years old. Puk started the eighth-inning for them. He pitched 0.1 innings and gave up a hit and walked a batter. A.J. Puk is the second best prospect in the Oakland Athletics farm system.

The Yankees still hold a two-game lead on the Houston Astros for the first overall seed in the American League. Houston suffered a 2-1 loss at home against the Detroit Tigers and it was one of the biggest upsets of the year in baseball.

The final game of this three-game set will be on Thursday night when the projected starters will be Masahiro Tanaka (9-6, 4.56 ERA) for New York and Tanner Roark (7-8, 4.01 ERA) for Oakland.

 

Oakland Takes Down Yankees; A’s Tied With Rays for Second Wild Card Spot

The New York Yankees began a critical road trip starting on Tuesday night on the road against the Oakland Athletics. New York got off to a good start when Gary Sanchez hit a solo home run off of Homer Bailey with two outs in the first-inning.

Oakland responded with three runs in the first-inning with back-to-back homers by Matt Olson (two-run homer) and Mark Canha off of Domingo German with two outs. This sparked the Athletics to take down the Yankees 6-2.

Marcus Semien hit an RBI double in the second-inning for Oakland. Stephen Piscotty hit a two-run single in the sixth-inning for the Oakland Athletics.

Aaron Judge hit a solo home run for New York in the eighth-inning off of Joakim Soria.

Homer Bailey (11-8) was the winning pitcher for Oakland. He pitched 5.2 innings and gave up seven hits and one run. Bailey didn’t walk a batter and he struck out eight.

Domingo German (16-3) was the losing pitcher for the New York Yankees. He pitched 5.1 innings and gave up eight hits and six runs. German walked two batters and struck out seven.

He avoided a potentially serious knee injury and Domingo German will most likely be okay after staying in the game in the sixth-inning.

New York holds a two-game lead on the Houston Astros for the best record in the American League.

The Athletics are now tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild card spot in the American League with a 72-53 record. Oakland and Tampa Bay are both 1.5 games back of the Cleveland Indians for the first wild card spot in the American League.

The projected pitching match up between the Yankees and the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night at the Oakland Coliseum will be between J.A. Happ (10-7, 5.40 ERA) and Mike Fiers (11-3, 3.46 ERA).

 

Mets Make Indians Pay in Crucial Win

With the game tied at two between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Mets in the sixth-inning on Tuesday night, Joe Panik hit a routine pop up to left field with one out and Oscar Mercado dropped it.

It allowed Panik to reach second base. Shane Bieber got Pete Alonso out on his next at bat, but it would only be two outs instead of three. The next batter was Michael Conforto and he crushed a two-run homer off of Bieber to give them a 4-2 lead and New York would eventually defeat Cleveland 9-2.

The Indians had runners on first and second base with one out in the seventh-inning. Steven Matz was pulled from the game in favor of Justin Wilson. Wilson struck out Francisco Lindor and Oscar Mercado.

The Mets scored four runs in the seventh-inning on a Amed Rosario RBI single, Joe Panik RBI single, and a Pete Alonso two-run double.

New York scored one more run in the eighth-inning on a RBI double by Rajai Davis. A lot of New York Mets fans would rather keep him around than Aaron Altheer.

The other runs that came in this game was in the second-inning on a solo home run by Jason Kipnis off of Steven Matz for the Cleveland Indians.

J.D. Davis hit a two-run homer in the second-inning off of Shane Bieber for New York.

Kipnis also had an RBI single in the fourth-inning for Cleveland and the rest was history.

Steven Matz (8-7) was the winning pitcher for the Mets. He pitched 6.1 innings and gave up five hits and two runs. Matz walked two batters and struck out seven.

Shane Bieber (12-6) was the losing pitcher for the Indians. He pitched six innings and gave up four hits and four runs. Bieber walked one batter and struck out seven.

In his last five starts, he has only given up 12 runs but Shane Bieber has given up eight home runs.

Cleveland now trails the Minnesota Twins by three games in the AL Central. However, the Indians lead the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays by 1.5 games for the first wild card spot in the American League.

New York is still two games back of the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card spot in the National League.

The projected pitching match up for the second game of this three-game set on Wednesday night at Citi Field will be between Adam Plutko (5-3, 4.67 ERA) for Cleveland and Marcus Stroman (7-11, 3.21 ERA) for the New York Mets.

 

Cubs Top Pirates in Little League Classic

For the third straight season, there would be a Major League Baseball game played at historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania in honor of the Little League World Series.

The Chicago Cubs took care of business early and often en route to a 7-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Little League Classic.

Chicago was the road team and Pittsburgh was the home team.

Nicholas Castellanos hit a solo home run off of Mitch Keller for the Cubs in the first-inning. Jason Heyward also hit a solo home run off of Mitch Keller in the third-inning.

Kyle Schwarber had a two-run single in the fourth-inning for Chicago. They tacked on three more runs in the fifth-inning on a RBI double by Kris Bryant and a two-run homer by Anthony Rizzo off the scoreboard in left field. Rizzo hit the home run off of Stratton.

The Pirates hit a solo home run in the ninth-inning by Starling Marte off of Craig Kimbrel on the first pitch.

Pittsburgh loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Melky Cabrera struck out swinging to end the game.

Jose Quintana (11-7) was the winning pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. He pitched seven strong innings. Quintana gave up five hits and zero runs. He walked zero batters and struck out seven.

Mitch Keller (1-2) was the losing pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He pitched 4.1 innings and gave up seven hits and six runs. Keller walked two batters and struck out five.

He is 23 years old and Mitch Keller has a ton of potential, but he needs the right coaching staff in order for him to succeed.

As bad Pittsburgh has been in the second-half, they did not get swept in this series.

These two teams will play each other twice (three-game sets) down the stretch.

The Chicago Cubs are technically tied for first place in the National League Central with the St. Louis Cardinals, but Chicago’s win percentage is .532 and St. Louis’s is .533 and that’s why the Cubs are in the second wild card spot in the National League.

Chicago has a two-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers, the New York Mets, and the Philadelphia Phillies for the second wild card in the National League.

The Chicago Cubs will host the San Francisco Giants for a three-game set starting on Tuesday night. The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Washington Nationals for a four-game set starting on Monday night.

 

Brewers Top Nationals in 14 Innings in Instant Classic

The Milwaukee Brewers and the Washington Nationals might have the craziest game in baseball so far this season. Washington led 11-8 heading into the ninth-inning. Milwaukee hit three home runs by Christian Yelich (solo), Mike Moustakas (2-run homer), and Ryan Braun (solo home run) all off of Sean Doolittle to give them a 12-11 lead.

The Nationals tied the game at 12 in the ninth-inning on a RBI single by Victor Robles. Washington had second and third with no body out, but Josh Hader shut the door and the game went to extra innings.

Christian Yelich hit the go-ahead home run in the 13th inning off of Javy Guerra. Victor Robles tied the game at 13 on a sacrifice fly in the 13th inning.

In the 14th inning, Eric Thames hit the game-winning two-run homer off of Javy Guerra as the Milwaukee Brewers escaped with a 15-14 win in 14 innings.

The other run came in the game on a throwing error by second baseman Keston Huira that allowed Adam Eaton to score.

The game got interesting because with two outs, Juan Soto reached third base. Milwaukee walked Asdrubal Cabrera intentionally because the pitcher’s spot was up and Washington had no one else to bring up to the plate. Joe Ross struck out to end the game.

The Brewers jumped out to a 5-0 lead early in the game on a Christian Yelich two-run single, Keston Huira two-run double, and a Mike Moustakas RBI single.

Juan Soto hit a two-run homer for the Nationals in the third-inning off of Jordan Lyles.

Adam Eaton hit a three-run homer for Washington in the fourth-inning off of Jordan Lyles.

Ryan Braun hit a solo home run off of Matt Grace for Milwaukee in the fifth-inning.

Trent Grisham hit a two-run homer off of Matt Grace for the Milwaukee Brewers in the sixth-inning.

The Washington Nationals scored four runs in the sixth-inning to regain the lead on a Victor Robles RBI and a three-run homer by Trea Turner off of Johnny Peralta.

Howie Kendrick hit a two-run homer in the seven-inning off of Ray Black for Washington and the rest was history.

Junior Guerra (7-4) was the winning pitcher for the Brewers. He pitched 1.2 innings and gave up one hit and one run. Guerra also walked one batter and struck out one. He also blew his sixth save of the season in this one.

Javy Guerra (1-1) was the losing pitcher for the Nationals. He pitched three innings and gave up four hits and three runs. Guerra walked one batter and struck out five.

Anibal Sanchez was the starting pitcher in this game for Washington. He pitched four innings and gave up eight hits and five runs. Sanchez also walked four batters and struck out five.

Jordan Lyles was the starting pitcher in this game for Milwaukee. He pitched four innings and gave up seven hits and five runs. Lyles walked three batters and struck out four.

With this huge win by the Milwaukee Brewers, they remain just one game back of the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card spot in the National League.

The Washington Nationals have a 1.5 games lead on the Chicago Cubs for the first wild card spot in the National League.

Washington trails the Atlanta Braves by 5.5 games for first place in the National League East Standings.

Milwaukee trails Chicago and the St. Louis Cardinals by one game for first place in the National League Central Standings.

This will be a huge rubber game. The Brewers and the Nationals have split the first two games in this series.

Chase Anderson (5-2, 3.78 ERA) will be the projected starting pitcher for Milwaukee and Eric Fedde (3-2, 4.09) will be the projected starting pitcher for Washington.

 

 

 

 

Phillies Top Cubs

With the game tied at two in the bottom of the seventh-inning between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies, J.T. Realmuto hit the game-winning RBI double for Philadelphia and took down Chicago 4-2.

They scored an insurance run in the eighth-inning on a RBI triple by Roman Quinn.

Scott Kingery had a sacrifice fly in the third-inning for the Phillies.

Javier Baez also hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth-inning for the Cubs.

J.T. Realmuto hit a solo home run for Philadelphia in the fifth-inning off of Jose Quintana.

Nicholas Castellanos hit a solo home run for Chicago in the sixth-inning off of Jason Vargas.

Blake Parker (2-2) was the winning pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched one inning. Parker walked a batter and struck out one.

Kyle Ryan (0-1) was the losing pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. He pitched 0.1 innings and gave up one hit and one run.

Hector Neris recorded his 21st save of the season for Philadelphia. He pitched one inning and struck out a batter.

Jason Vargas was the starting pitcher in this game for the Phillies. He pitched six innings and gave up five hits and two runs. Vargas walked three batters and struck out one.

Jose Quintana was the starting pitcher in this game for the Cubs. He pitched six innings and gave up five hits and two runs. Quintana only walked one batter and struck out 14.

At the moment in the standings, Chicago has a one game lead on the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the National League Central.

Philadelphia trails the St. Louis Cardinals by two games for the second wild card spot in the National League.

Charlie Manuel was named the Philadelphia Phillies hitting coach for the rest of the season.

The second game of this three game set will continue on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia when Cole Hamels (6-3, 3.09 ERA) takes the mound for the Chicago Cubs and when Aaron Nola (10-3, 3.67 ERA) takes the mound for Philadelphia.

Nationals Avoid Sweep Against Mets

With the game tied at three in the seventh-inning and the bases loaded, former New York Mets player Asdrubal Cabrera stepped up to the plate with two outs looking to do damage. He hit a two-run double, but Juan Soto was rounding third base and he injured his ankle. New York tagged him out and the inning was over.

Soto left the game with an ankle injury and he is listed as day-to-day. Juan Soto avoided a serious injury and he is one Washington’s best players.

The Mets cut the lead to one in the seventh-inning on a sacrifice fly by Michael Conforto, but Victor Robles hit a two-run homer in the ninth-inning for the Nationals off of Edwin Diaz and Washington was able to avoid a sweep in a 7-4 win over New York.

The Washington Nationals scored three runs in the first-inning on a throwing error by Pete Alonso.

The New York Mets scored three runs in the second-inning and they all came with two outs. Joe Panik had an RBI single and Jeff McNeil had a two-run double.

Before McNeil’s double, Jacob deGrom placed a bunt perfectly on the third base side. It was one of the better bunts people will see this season.

Jacob deGrom was the starting pitcher in this game for New York. He pitched five innings and gave up four hits and three runs. Jacob deGrom only walked one batter and struck out seven.

He was done only after five innings because he threw 101 pitches by that point.

Anibal Sanchez was the starting pitcher for Washington. He pitched five innings and gave up seven hits and three runs. Sanchez walked one batter and struck out three.

Matt Grace (1-2) was the winning pitcher for the Nationals. He pitched 0.1 innings and gave up one hit and one run. Grace also struck out a batter.

Robert Gsellman (2-3) was the losing pitcher for the Mets. He pitched 0.1 innings and gave up two hits and two runs.

Sean Doolittle recorded his 26th save of the season for Washington. He pitched a perfect ninth-inning and Doolittle struck out a batter.

He has had his issues this season at Citi Field, but Sean Doolittle salvaged them momentarily.

The Washington Nationals will start a three-game set at home against the Cincinnati Reds starting on Monday night.

The New York Mets will start a three-game set on the road against the Atlanta Braves starting on Tuesday night.

Cubs Take Down Athletics

The Chicago Cubs wanted to extend their lead in the National League Central and the Oakland Athletics wanted to get back in the second wild card spot in the American League.

With the game tied at two in the seventh-inning, Ian Happ hit the go-ahead solo home run off of Blake Treinen to give Chicago a 3-2 lead. Nicholas Castellanos also had an RBI double in that inning along with a two-run homer by Javier Baez off of Treinen in the seventh and it sparked the Cubs to a 6-5 win over Oakland.

The A’s responded with three runs in the eighth-inning on a two-run homer by Nick Martini off of Steve Chisek. Martini is from the Chicago area and a lot of his family was at the game.

Marcus Semien hit his second home run of the game on a solo shot in the eighth off of Chisek for Oakland.

David Phelps recorded his first save of the season for the Chicago Cubs. He only pitched 0.1 innings.

Castellanos hit a solo home run in the first-inning for Chicago off of Chris Bassitt.

Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer in the third-inning for the Oakland Athletics off of Kyle Hendricks.

Javier Baez tied the game at two for the Cubs in the sixth-inning of Chris Bassitt and the rest was history.

Rowan Wick (2-0) was the winning pitcher for Chicago. He pitched 0.2 innings.

Blake Treinen (6-4) was the losing pitcher for Oakland. He pitched 0.2 innings and gave up four hits and four runs. Treinen also struck out one batter.

Chris Bassitt was the starting pitcher for the Athletics. He pitched six innings and gave up two hits and two runs. Bassitt also walked two batters and struck out five.

Kyle Hendricks was the starting pitcher for the Cubs. He pitched 6.1 innings and gave up only one hit but Hendricks allowed two runs. He also walked two batters and struck out five.

Chicago has extended its lead in the National League Central to 2.5 games over the St. Louis Cardinals, but they are still up four games on the Milwaukee Brewers, who are currently in third place in the division.

Oakland still trails by 0.5 games to the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild card spot in the American League. Tampa Bay would have extended its lead to 1.5 games had they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays at home last night.

The second game of this three-game set between the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago Cubs will continue on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The projected starting pitchers in this game will be Brett Anderson (9-7, 4.04 ERA) for Oakland and Jon Lester (9-7, 3.86 ERA) for Chicago.