Washington 4 NY 3
Jesus Agular and Trevor Story went back to back to start the 6th and Sir Anthony of the Bullpen pitched retired 5 the six men he faced for the save as the Senators came back from a two run deficit to defeat the Yankees 4-3 for the 2nd straight day.
This time it was the Yankees who struck first Brett Gardner doubled off starter Reynaldo Lopez to start things off, moved to 3rd on a grounder and scored on a sac fly from Aaron Judge for a 1-0 lead. In the 4th Giancarlo Stanton put a Lopez ball just over the left center fence and the score was 2-0.
Masahiro Tanaka (L 1-1) started strong keeping the boys from DC down for 4 innings while scattering three hits. In the 5th the Senators decided to shake things up. When Catcher Matt Winters walked he was pulled for Dee Gordon who quickly stole 2nd. Blake Swihart came in to pinch hit for Lopez (5 inn 2 ER) and doubled to right easily scoring Gordon and cutting the lead in half. Nick Markakis pinch hit next for Josh Reddick (who had come in for Starling Marte after a collision at 2nd) and singled to right scoring Swihart who had moved to 3rd on a grounder and the score was tied.
In the 6th the Senators struck the old fashioned way as Jesus Aguilar and Trevor Story both hit Tanaka pitches over 440 feet over the fence at almost the exact same spot in left center and Washington had their first lead of the game 4-2. Meanwhile reliever Bobby Poyner (W 1-0) put in a strong performance retiring six in a row until giving up a solo shot to Luke Volt starting the 8th. By that time Seranthony Dominquez (s3) was ready and by the time he had retired the first four men he faced three in a row by swinging strikes was hearing chants of “Sir Anthony!” “Sir Anthony!” Aaron Hicks pinch hit single with one out in the 9th slowed the chants but Agular at first stretched out to stab a wicked liner off the bat of Neil Walker so quickly that Hicks was doubled off before he could see where the ball and the game had gone.
Corey Dickerson had to more hits giving him five for the series and stole two bases but didn’t figure in the scoring. Starling Marte started in right and had to be helped off the field after a collision breaking up a double play. He was placed on the DL after the game and Delino Deshields Jr. was called up to take his spot on the roster. Delin Betances pitched 1 2/3 innings of perfect relief for the Yankees. The Yankees went 0-3 with RISP. The Bronx Bombers will try to end the skid with Lance Lynn (1-0) against Sean Newcomb (0-1) in the finale.
Boston 6 LA 4
Nick Ahmed and JD Martinez both homered and a LA 9th inning rally fell just shot as Boston broke LA’s winning streak with a 6-4 win at Fenway.
At first it looked like a classic pitchers duel as for four inning Dallas Keuchel (W 1-0) and Alex Wood (L 0-1) took turns pitching around the odd hit or walk to keep their opponents quiet but in the 5th Boston broke through. Wood walked Alex Bregman and Francisco Cervelli and then served a curve that Ahmed took over the green monster to make it 3-0.
After a walk to Ben Zobrist sandwiched between a pair of out J D. Martinez struck as well taking Wood’s pitch into the bullpen and bring Ross Stripling out of it to replace him to end the inning at 5-0.
Keuchel started to bend at almost the same time giving up a double to Justin Turner and a 2 run shot to the hot hitting Manny Machado over the monster in left center to narrow the lead to 5-2. Unlike Wood however Keuchel managed to pitch out of the inning with only a stray 2 out single in his way. And by the time he gave way to Collin McHugh with one out in the seventh the lead was 6-2 thanks to Ahmed’s out out double driving in Bregman in the 6th. who had doubled to lead off the 6th it looked like it might be smooth sailing.
It wasn’t, the Dodgers didn’t go quietly. While they failed to take advantage of a bases loaded two out chance in the 8th off McHugh in the ninth Steve Cishek came in with a four run lead but Bellinger walked moved to 2nd on a grounder and with two outs came in on Justin Turner’s double. Turner went to third on a Francisco Cervelli passed ball and Machado singled him home bringing the tying run to the plate with two outs. Cishek’s next pitch was right down the middle but alas for the Dodgers and their streak Matt Kemp’s swing drive the ball to the deepest part of the triange in center but no father allowing Ronald Acuna Jr. to end the threat, the game and the winning streak.
Notes. Rhys Hopkins came in as a defenseive replacement in the 8th and immediately commited an error that almost resulted in disaster for Boston. Manny Machado continued his torrid hitting for LA going 3-5 with a HR and 3 RBI. LA lost despite going 5-9 with runners in scoring position. Nick Ahmed & JD Martinez both went 3-4 Ahmed and drove in all of Boston’s runs (Ahmed 4 Martinez 2). It will be a battle of aces in the Finale as Clayton Kersaw (1-1) faces the undefeated Justin Verlander (2-0)
Thunder 6 Vikings 1
Ryan Brawn drive in 4 and Mike Clevenger pitched into the 9th as the Texas Thunder evened up their series with King Ragnar’s Vikings with a 6-1 win.
Clevenger (W 2-0) was clearly the star of the show on the mound. A day after Texas pitching allowed 20 hits in 9 innings he came back strong scattering only six hits over 8 1/3 innings and pitching out of the two jams he faced with only minimal damage.
It helped that Texas went after Noah Syndergaard (L 0-2 pretty fast after Nolan Arenado stroked a one out single in the 2nd Mike Trout followed oubled to left center to drive him in and followed that up by stealing 2nd allowing him to score easily on Freddie Freeman’s single to make it 2-0.
In the 4th Texas struck again. Javier Biaz reached on a Jed Lowrie throwing error, stole second and was singled home with two outs by Ryan Braun, one of three hits he had that day for a 3-0 lead.
The Vikings stuck back in the 6th. Whit Merrifield walked and stole 2nd & 3rd with one out and Gerardo Parra drove him in with a single to make it 3-1 but Anthony Rizzo hit into an inning ending double play to stop the damage and in the Bottom half of the inning Texas got all they needed. Trout singled, stole 2nd and went to 3rd on Freddie Freeman’s single which chased Syndergaard. Reliever Arodys Vizcaino coxed a popout from Javier Baez but then walked Francisco Lindor loading the bases for Brawn who doubled deep to right clearing the bases to make it 6-1.
And that’s as close as the Vikings could get. Clevinger stranded Rivera after a lead off double in the 7th and after loading the bases in the 8th on a single, walk and hit batsman retired Ramon Laureano on a liner to keep the Vikings at bay.
Notes. After a dismal performance the day before Keone Kela came in and retired both men he faced in the 9th. Ramon Rivera was ejected by home plate umpire Derryl Cousins in the bottom of the after arguing over a 3-2 pitch that was called ball four instead of strike 3. The two teams ran wild in this game the Vikings stealing four bases on four attempts and Texas stealing five while being caught three times. Texas hands the ball to Zach Wheeler (0-1) in tomorrow’s finale while King Ragnar will trust Jacob deGrom (1-0) to deliver the rubber game for them
Rivertown 4 Juneau 1
Nelson Cruz and Matt Carpenter Homered for Rivertown while Juneau left ten men on base as the Raiders took game to of a three game set 4-1.
There were all the signs of a classic pitchers duel when Miles Mikolas (L 0-2) and Charlie Morton (W 1-1) took the mound and started retiring the other side. After three innings they between them only allowed one hit and while Morton loaded the bases in the 3rd with a pair of walks and a hit batsmen it looked like it would be a battle of wits and nerves.
Even Matt Carpener’s Homer to lead off the 4th giving Rivertown a 1-0 lead seemed an anomaly as both pitchers seemed determined to keep the other side down.
But in the top of the 6th inning after a walk to Jose Ramirez Mikolas grimaced in pain. Trainers came to look at him and didn’t like what they saw. Yoshihisa Hirano came in to replace him and allowed a pair of stolen bases by Ramirez to completely distract him walked Cano and followed with a fat pitch down the center that Nelson Cruz took over 408 feet to left putting Juneau in a 4-0 hole.
Juneau tried to dig out of it in the 6th. A Mookie Betts single was followed by an Ohtani walk and When Brock Holt singled to center scoring Betts and sending Ohtani to 2nd Juneau had the tying run at the plate with nobody out.
That’s when Morton bore down. Bryce Harper popped out and Andrelton Simmons fouled out and while Matt Chapman walked to load the bases, Buster Posey hit a simple grounder to end the inning and the threat and as it turned out the scoring as both sides bullpens held their ground for the rest of the game.
Notes: Thus far in the series all of Rivertown’s runs but one have come via the long ball. The report on Mikolas was stiffness in his pitching arm. He is considered day to day and may be able to make his next start. Reliever Sean Doolittle of Juneau was not so lucky he came out in the 9th after feeling something pop in his arm and the MRI showed tendon damage that would require season ending surgery. Ediwn Diaz (s3) pitched the ninth for his 3rd save. Juneau will ask Trevor Bauer (0-0) to salvage the last game of the series against Rivertown ace Chris Sale (1-1).