3 for today:
Mariners outslug Phillies
The Phillies jumped on Mariners starter Ariel Miranda in the first inning, posting four runs on a double and a couple of home runs. The Mariners got back into in the third and fourth inning, however, when Robinson Cano and Ben Gamel homered to give Seattle a 5-4 lead. But Philadelphia answered right back with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
But then the Mariners began fighting back again. They rallied for three more runs in the sixth to narrow Philadelphia’s lead to 9-8. Then in the seventh, Gamel tied it with a double to left field. And finally, the comeback was complete when Jean Segura scored his third run of the game on a Taylor Motter double in the top of the ninth. And the electric Edwin Diaz came in to close it out, and he set the Phillies down in order to secure the victory.
There wasn’t much in terms of good pitching in this game; the starters combined to surrender 13 runs and neither made it out of the fourth inning. But there were plenty of notable offensive performances on both sides. Segura, Gamel, and Cano went a combined 9-for-14 with six RBI and seven runs scored. On the other side, Aaron Altherr continued his impressive start to the season with a 2-for-5, three RBI day.
Orioles defeat Nationals with ninth-inning rally
The top teams in each league faced off on Tuesday, and the result was quite a bit different than the game in Philadelphia. This one featured a couple of good starting pitching performances; Max Scherzer tossed eight dominant innings, striking out 11 and giving up a pair of runs on four hits. For Baltimore the struggling Ubaldo Jimenez turned in his best performance of the season, allowing four runs in 7 2/3 frames.
Washington clung to a 1-0 lead until Seth Smith finally got the Orioles on the board with a solo shot in the sixth. The game remained tied until the eighth inning. To that point, Washington had only managed two hits off Jimenez. However, Anthony Rendon and Matt Wieters led off the inning with consecutive singles and after Chris Heisey struck out, Adam Lind pinch-hit for Michael Taylor.
And Lind crushed his third pinch-hit home run of the season, tying the Nationals’ franchise record and giving them a 4-1 lead. Ryan Zimmerman also led off the ninth with a double, but Washington was unable to capitalize, which would prove costly. Without a defined closer, the Nationals summoned Enny Romero to try close it out and after walking the first batter, he recorded the next two outs rather easily. But he then balked the runner to second and gave up a single to Jonathan Schoop to make it 4-3. And with a J.J. Hardy single up the middle, the game was tied.
Washington threatened in the ninth, but could not push a run across. With two outs and a runner on second in the eleventh, Caleb Joseph grounded a single through the right side, but Bryce Harper gunned down the runner at the plate to keep his team’s hopes alive. But it was all for naught, as the Orioles strung together a few singles to win the game in the 12th. The Nationals look like the best team in baseball… until the their starter leaves the game.
Dodgers walk off after blowing lead late
Julio Urias had a no-hitter going in this game through six innings but gave up a leadoff double to Andrew McCutchen in the seventh, which resulted in Andrew Toles suffering a serious leg injury trying to make a spectacular catch to preserve the no-hitter. After recording one more out, Sergio Romo replaced Urias and got one out but allowed McCutchen to cross the plate. The Dodgers then brought in Luis Avilan to face Max Moroff, and he gave up a line-drive single to left to tie the game. And just like that, Urias’ best performance of his young career was erased.
Things went from bad to worse for the Dodgers, as Pedro Baez served up a pinch-hit home run to John Jaso to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead. But in the ninth, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Cody Bellinger hit back-to-back-to-back singles off Tony Watson to tie the game at three and send the game to extras.
In the tenth, Yasmani Grandal led off with a soft single to left, and reliever Ross Stripling pinch ran for him. Daniel Hudson then punched out Chris Taylor and Yasiel Puig. But with two outs, Austin Barnes lined a double to right-center, and Stripling hurried all the way home to give the Dodgers a 4-3 victory.
Lost in this game was another impressive outing by Ivan Nova. In 6 1/3 innings, he limited the Dodgers to two runs; both of which came on a fourth-inning home run. He did walk a season-high two batters, though. What a shame.
3 for tomorrow:
Nationals vs. Orioles (Strasburg vs. Miley)
The best team in the AL vs. the best team in the NL, and both Strasburg and Miley have been very good this year.
Blue Jays vs. Indians (Liriano vs. Salazar)
A rematch of the 2016 ALCS. Liriano was rejuvenated a bit once he joined Toronto last summer, but has struggled this year. And Salazar has electric stuff, but has yet to really put it all together.
Rays vs. Royals (Archer vs. Hammel)
This one is mainly about Chris Archer. Watching him make hitters look silly with that filthy slider never gets old, and the Royals have the worst offense in MLB, so Archer shouldn’t have a problem tomorrow night.