Cardinals Top Braves in Wild Game 1

With the game tied at three in the top of the ninth-inning between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the NLDS, Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wang each had two-run doubles to give St. Louis a 7-3 lead.

Atlanta made noise in the ninth-inning as well by Ronald Acuna Jr. hitting a two-run homer off of Carlos Martinez with no body out. Freddie Freeman hit a solo home run off of Martinez with one out in the ninth-inning. That is as close as the Braves would get and the Cardinals survived Game 1 by a score of 7-6.

A throwing error by Kolten Wong in the first-inning allowed Ozzie Albies to score for Atlanta and Josh Donaldson was safe at first and Freddie Freeman was safe at second.

Dexter Fowler hit an RBI ground out for St. Louis in the fifth-inning.

Dansby Swanson hit a two-run single for the Atlanta Braves in the sixth-inning.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo home run off of Jackson for the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth-inning. They tied it at three on a Matt Carpenter RBI single.

Carlos Martinez (1-0) was the winning pitcher for St. Louis. He pitched 1.1 innings and gave up two hits and three runs. Martinez walked one batter and struck out two.

Mark Melancon (0-1) was the losing pitcher for Atlanta. He pitched one inning and gave up five hits and four runs. Melancon walked two batters and struck out one. He also blew a save in this game.

Dallas Keuchel was the starting pitcher in this game for the Braves. He pitched 4.2 innings and gave up five hits and one run. Keuchel walked three batters and he did not strike out anybody.

Miles Mikolas was the starting pitcher in this game for the Cardinals. He pitched five innings and he gave up three hits and one run. Mikolas walked two batters and struck out two.

This best-of-five series will continue on Friday afternoon at Suntrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia. St. Louis leads this series 1-0 and the projected starting pitchers for Game 2 will be Jack Flaherty (11-8, 2.75 ERA) for the St. Louis Cardinals and Mike Foltynewicz (8-6, 4.54) for Atlanta.

 

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Rays Stun Athletics

Yandy Diaz hit a lead off homer for the Tampa Bay Rays in the top of the first-inning off of Sean Manaea. Tampa Bay hit four home runs total and Diaz went 3-for-4 with two homers and the Rays stunned the Oakland Athletics on the road in the American League Wild Card Game 5-1.

Oakland had tons of chances to score runs in this game, but they left so many runners on base. That was the major difference in this game.

Avisail Garcia hit a two-run homer for Tampa Bay in the second-inning off of Manaea. Yandy Diaz hit a solo homer in the third-inning off of Manaea.

The only run scored in the game for the Athletics came in the third-inning on a sacrifice fly.

Tommy Pham hit a solo home run for the Tampa Bay Rays in the fifth-inning off of Yusmeiro Petit.

Charlie Morton was the winning pitcher in this game for Tampa Bay. He pitched five innings and gave up five hits and one run. Morton walked three batters and struck out four.

Sean Manaea was the losing pitcher in this game for Oakland. He pitched two innings and gave up four hits and four runs. Manaea didn’t walk a batter and he struck out five.

The Athletics lost in the American League Wild Card Game for the second consecutive season. They lost to the New York Yankees on the road last season.

The Rays will face the Houston Astros in the ALDS starting on Friday. They could be a threat to upset them, but time will only tell.

Oakland ends the season in utter disappointment again. The future looks bright there however. A lot of their fans wish the Wild Card Game format would be different however.

 

Nationals Shock Brewers in National League Wild Card Game

It appeared as if the Milwaukee Brewers were going to hand the Washington Nationals another disappointing postseason loss, until Juan Soto hit a base hit to right field with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth-inning.

Washington would have only tied the game at three if Trent Grishham played the ball correctly, but he missed the ball and it allowed a fourth run to score. Soto was tagged out at second, but Nationals Park in Washington D.C. was rocking.

Daniel Hudson recorded the save in the ninth-inning for the Nationals to hang onto a 4-3 win over Milwaukee.

Hudson pitched one inning and gave up one hit. He also struck out one batter.

Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer in the first-inning off of Max Scherzer for Milwaukee.

Eric Thames hit a solo home run off of Max Scherzer for the Milwaukee Brewers in the second-inning.

Trea Turner hit a solo homer off of Brandon Woodruff in the third-inning for Washington.

Stephen Strasburg was the winning pitcher in this game for the Washington Nationals. He pitched three scoreless innings in relief and gave up two hits. Strasburg struck out four batters.

Josh Hader was the losing pitcher in this game for Milwaukee. He pitched one inning and gave up two hits and three runs. Hader walked one batter and struck out two.

He was the Brewers closer all season long and in this game, his stuff was not working.

Brandon Woodruff was the starting pitcher for Milwaukee. He pitched four innings and gave up four hits and two runs. Woodruff struck out three batters.

Max Scherzer was the starting pitcher in this game for Washington. He pitched five innings and gave up four hits and three runs. Scherzer walked three batters and struck out six.

The Milwaukee Brewers season ends in disappointment and they did very well down the stretch without outfielder Christian Yelich. The Washington Nationals advance to the NLDS and they will face the Los Angeles Dodgers with Game 1 on Thursday night in Los Angeles. Patrick Corbin is expected to pitch for Washington and it is unknown who will pitch for the Dodgers.

 

 

 

Pete Alonso Breaks Rookie Home Run Record in Mets Win over Braves

With the New York Mets not playing for anything in the second to last game of the season at home against the Atlanta Braves, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso was still playing for something.

Alonso hit his 52nd homer on Friday night which tied New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge for the most set by a rookie. Judge set that record in 2017.

With New York leading 2-0 in the third-inning, Pete Alonso hit a solo homer off of Mike Foltynewicz and the crowd went crazy at Citi Field. Alonso received a standing ovation from the home crowd and he received hugs from his managers and teammates. The New York Mets shutout Atlanta by a score of 3-0.

Before Pete Alonso’s homer, Rene Rivera hit a two-run homer off of Foltynewicz as well. This was Rivera’s first homer of the season.

Steven Matz (11-10) was the winning pitcher for New York. He pitched six innings and gave up two hits. Matz walked five batters and struck out seven.

He has pitched much better in the second-half of the season.

Mike Foltynewicz (8-6) was the losing pitcher for the Braves. He pitched four innings and gave up three hits and three runs. Foltynewicz walked one batter and struck out five.

He could potentially be one of the starting pitchers for Atlanta in the NLDS when it begins next week.

Edwin Diaz recorded his 26th save of the season for the Mets. He pitched a scoreless inning. Diaz struck out two batters.

He has struggled all season long. Edwin Diaz has given up 15 homers this season, but his slider was on point in this game.

The projected pitchers for the season finale on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field will be Mike Soroka (13-4, 2.60 ERA) for the Atlanta Braves and Noah Syndergaard (10-8, 4.30 ERA) for New York. All games on Sunday will begin at 3:05 p.m. Eastern.

 

Rays Shutout Yankees

The New York Yankees wanted to keep pace with the Houston Astros for the number one seed in the American League and the Tampa Bay Rays wanted to stay in the second wild card spot in the American League and maybe move up in the standings. Tampa Bay shut out New York 4-0.

Joey Wendle hit a solo home run for the Rays in the first-inning off of Jonathan Loaisiga. Brandon Lowe also hit an RBI single in that inning for Tampa Bay.

Matt Duffy hit an RBI double in the sixth-inning for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Avisail Garcia hit a solo home run off of Luis Cessa in the eighth-inning for Tampa Bay.

Charlie Morton (16-6) was the winning pitcher for the Rays. He pitched six scoreless innings and only gave up one hit. Morton walked three batters and struck out nine.

Jonathan Loaisiga (2-2) was the losing pitcher for the Yankees. He pitched one inning and gave up four hits and two runs. Loaisiga struck out two batters.

J.A. Happ pitched in mid-relief for New York. He pitched five innings and gave up four hits and one run. Happ walked one batter and struck out six.

If the Houston Astros win on the road against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night, Houston will be the number one seed in the American League. That would mean the New York Yankees would play the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS.

The Tampa Bay Rays lead the Cleveland Indians by 1.5 games for the second wild card spot in the American League. Tampa Bay trails the Oakland Athletics by 0.5 games for the first wild card spot in the American League.

The Rays swept this two-game set at home against New York. It looks like the Yankees care more about getting to the postseason healthy at this point rather than trying to win games for the rest of the regular season.

New York will be on the road for a three-game set against the Texas Rangers starting on Friday night. Tampa Bay will be on the road for a three-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays starting on Friday night.

 

Jose Ramirez Sparks Indians Over White Sox

In Jose Ramirez’s first game back from a hand injury for the Cleveland Indians, he made his mark by going 2-for-3 with two home runs and seven RBI’s, including a grand slam in the first-inning off of Carson Fulmer.

Cleveland dominated the Chicago White Sox on the road 11-0.

Roberto Perez hit a solo homer in the second-inning for the Indians off of Hector Santiago.

Jose Ramirez hit a three-run homer in the third-inning for Cleveland off of Hector Santiago.

Oscar Mercado hit a three-run homer in the fifth-inning off of Hector Santiago for the Cleveland Indians.

Mike Clevinger (13-3) was the winning pitcher for Cleveland. He pitched seven innings scoreless innings and gave up five hits. Clevinger walked one batter and struck out 10.

Carson Fulmer (1-2) was the losing pitcher for Chicago. He pitched one inning and gave up two hits and four runs. Fulmer also walked two batters and struck out one.

Santiago took a beating in mid-relief. He pitched four innings and gave up nine hits and seven runs. Hector Santiago walked three batters and struck out eight.

The Indians still remain 0.5 games back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild card spot in the American League. Cleveland is only one game back of the Oakland Athletics for the first wild card spot in the American League.

The projected pitching match up for the second game of this three-game set on Wednesday night in Chicago, Illinois at Guaranteed Rate Field will be Shane Bieber (15-7, 3.23 ERA) for the Cleveland Indians and Ross Detwiler (2-5, 6.98 ERA) for the White Sox.

Nationals Sweep Doubleheader From Phillies; Head to Postseason

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals played a day-night double header on Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. Washington took down Philadelphia 4-1 in the first game of the double header and that loss eliminated the Phillies from playoff contention.

With the Nationals down 4-2 in the sixth-inning in the second game of the double header, Gabe Kapler decided to remove Aaron Nola from the game and that move came back to bite him. Trea Turner hit the go-ahead grand slam to make it 6-4 Washington. He hit the home run off of Jared Hughes.

Bryce Harper hit a solo home run in the eighth-inning off of Hunter Strickland for Philadelphia, but that is as close as they would get. The Washington Nationals won the second game of the double header 6-5. They also clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2017 because the Chicago Cubs lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road 9-2.

Brad Miller hit a three-run homer for the Philadelphia Phillies in the first-inning off of Max Scherzer.

Yan Gomes hit a solo home run in the third-inning for Washington off of Aaron Nola.

Miller hit a solo homer off of Scherzer in the fourth-inning for Philadelphia.

Gomes hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth-inning for the Nationals.

Max Scherzer (11-7) was the winning pitcher for Washington. He pitched six innings and gave up five hits and four runs. Scherzer walked one batter and struck out 10.

It would not be a surprise to him not pitch until the Wild Card Game in the National League next Tuesday night. The most likely opponent will be the Milwaukee Brewers and all that would need to be decided is who get home field for that game.

Aaron Nola (12-7) was the losing pitcher for the Phillies. He pitched 5.2 innings and gave up five hits and five runs. Nola walked four batters and struck out nine.

One of the biggest losers on this day was Philadelphia’s outfielder Bryce Harper. He was eliminated by his former team last season and Harper had to also deal with his team celebrating a playoff spot on the same night.

At one point during the season, Washington was 19-31 and it appeared as if they were dead in the water. There were rumors early on in the season that they would have potentially traded third baseman Anthony Rendon, but Rendon might go onto win the National League MVP.

The Washington Nationals currently has a one-game lead on Milwaukee for the first wild card spot in the National League. If the Brewers wins or if the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets lose on Wednesday night, Milwaukee will be in the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

The fourth game of this series will be played on Wednesday night in Washington D.C.. The projected pitching match up will be Drew Smyly (4-7, 6.44 ERA) for the Philadelphia Phillies and Anibal Sanchez (10-8, 3.91 ERA) for the Washington Nationals.

Nationals Top Phillies; Magic Number Down to 3

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals began a huge five-game series at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. on Monday night. Philadelphia had a slim chance to make the postseason, but Washington handed them a 7-2 loss.

The Nationals scored at least one run in the first three innings and all of those runs were on solo homers. Adam Eaton hit one in the first-inning, Yan Gomes hit one in the second-inning, and Trea Turner hit one in the third-inning and they were all off of Zach Eflin.

Anthony Rendon hit an RBI single in the fifth-inning for Washington. Later in the inning, Asdrubal Cabrera had an RBI ground out to first base. Adam Eaton scored on the play.

Cesar Hernandez had an RBI force out for the Phillies in the sixth-inning. Bryce Harper scored on the play. He went 1-for-3 and struck out twice. Harper was booed every time he stepped up to the plate.

Rendon walked with the bases loaded in the eight-inning for the Washington Nationals. He is now the leader for first RBIs with 122 in the National League. Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was originally in first place with 121 RBIs.

Juan Soto also drew a bases loaded walk for Washington in the eighth-inning.

Andrew Knapp had a RBI double in the ninth-inning for Philadelphia.

Patrick Corbin (14-7) was the winning pitcher for the Nationals. He pitched six innings and gave up three hits and one run. Corbin walked four batters and struck out six.

Zach Eflin (9-13) was the losing pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. He pitched five innings and gave up eight hits. Eflin also walked four batters and struck out two.

Philadelphia needs to basically win out to reach the playoffs. The Phillies elimination number is one game. There will be changes to this team most likely if they miss.

Washington’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot is three. They are also up 0.5 games on the Milwaukee Brewers for the first wild card spot in the National League.

Philadelphia and the New York Mets could be eliminated from playoff contention by the end of the day. The Chicago Cubs could also be eliminated within the next day or two as well.

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals will play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

The first game will be at 1:05 p.m. Eastern. This is the makeup game from the rain out on 6/18. The projected pitchers for the first game of the doubleheader will be Blake Parker (3-2, 4.40 ERA) for Philadelphia and Joe Ross (3-4, 6.17 ERA) for Washington.

The second game will be at 7:05 p.m. Eastern. The projected starting pitchers in this game will be Aaron Nola (12-6, 3.75 ERA) for the Phillies and Max Scherzer (10-7, 2.81) for the Nationals.

 

 

Brewers Top Padres

After losing to the San Diego Padres the previous night, the Milwaukee Brewers wanted to bounce back in the worst way because of how tight the MLB playoff races have been. Milwaukee didn’t need to sweat anything out against San Diego in a 5-1 win at home.

The Brewers currently hold a half game lead in for the second wild card spot in the National League. The Chicago Cubs are currently playing right now at home against the St. Louis Cardinals. If Chicago wins, they will still then be tied. If not, the Cubs will then be one game back of Milwaukee.

Ryan Braun hit an RBI double in the first-inning for the Milwaukee Brewers.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the third-inning, Hernan Perez struck out swinging for Milwaukee, but it was a wild pitch and it allowed Keston Huira to score.

Eric Hosmer hit a solo home run in the fourth-inning for the Padres off of Jordan Lyles.

Lorezno Cain hit a solo home run in the fourth-inning for the Brewers off of Joey Lucchesi.

Trent Grisham hit a two-run double for Milwaukee in the sixth-inning.

Freddy Peralta (7-3) was the winning pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers. He pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and struck out three batters.

Joey Lucchesi (10-9) was the losing pitcher for San Diego. He pitched four innings and gave up six hits and three runs. Lucchesi walked two batters and struck out seven.

Josh Hader recorded his 34th save of the season for Milwaukee. He pitched one inning and struck out on batter.

Jordan Lyles was the starting pitcher in this game for the Brewers. He pitched 4.2 innings and gave up three hits and one run. Lyles walked three batters and struck out nine.

The San Diego Padres will begin a three-game set at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks starting on Friday night. Milwaukee will  be home for a three-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates starting on Friday night.

 

 

Braves Top Phillies; Magic Number to Clinch National League East is One

The Philadelphia Phillies took the first two-out-of-three games on the road against the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta needed to win this one badly. The Braves indeed found a way to beat Philadelphia by a score of 5-4.

Atlanta’s magic number to clinch the National League East crown is one game. With the loss, the Phillies are now four games back of the second wild card spot in the National League to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ronald Acuna hit his 40th home run of the season in the fourth-inning for the Atlanta Braves off of Aaron Nola on a two-run shot.

Adam Haseley had an RBI double and Cesar Hernandez grounded into a force out and it allowed Haseley to tie the game at two in the fifth-inning for Philadelphia.

Atlanta responded with a 2-run single by Freddie Freeman in the fifth-inning.

Jean Segura had an RBI single in the sixth-inning for the Philadelphia Phillies. He had to leave the game with a hamstring injury.

Austin Riley hit a solo home run for the Braves in the sixth-inning off of Aaron Nola.

Scott Kingery had a sacrifice fly in the eight-inning for Philadelphia.

Mark Melancon recorded his 12th save of the season with Atlanta by pitching a scoreless ninth-inning. He struck out two batters.

The winning pitcher for the Atlanta Braves was Mike Soroka (13-4). He pitched five innings and gave up five hits and two runs. Soroka didn’t walk any batters and he struck out five.

Aaron Nola (12-6) was the losing pitcher for the Phillies. He pitched five innings and gave up nine hits and five runs. Nola walked two batters and struck out four.

Atlanta will host the San Francisco Giants for a three-game set at home starting on Friday night. Philadelphia will go on the road and face the Cleveland Indians for a three-game set starting on Friday night.