Brewers 7, Cubs 6 (Game 1)
Game one of the doubleheader in Chicago was quite a treat. Jace Peterson started the scoring with a home run in third, his fifth on the year.
A couple of singles from each team brought the score to 2-2 when two unlikely Cubs hit back-to-back home runs. Catcher P.J. Higgins put one in the bleachers for his first career home run. Rafael Ortega followed with a home run of his own.
Down 4-2, the Brewers answered with a two-run home run from Tyrone Taylor. Since May 20th, the only player with more home runs is Mookie Betts.
Luis Urias, filling in at short for the injured Willy Adames, broke the tie in the seventh with a three-run home run.
Josh Hader was called upon to seal the one-run win. Of course, he converted. Hader earns his 17th save while his ERA still sits at a beautiful 0.00.
Brewers 3, Cubs 1 (Game 2)
The Brewers sweep the doubleheader taking game two from the Cubs. While the Cubs offense did not have a lot of highlights, Ian Happ flashed the leather in center.
The Brewers only collected three hits on the day, but they made the most of them. Victor Carantini Homered in the fifth inning to break the 1-1 tie. This hit would be a home run in Wrigley, but no other stadium.
You might remember Tyrone Taylor from game 1, well, he was back for more in game two.
Josh Hader closed out both game 1 and 2 of the doubleheader. An interesting move by Craig Counsel.
Tigers 7, Twins 5
Detroit finally showed signs of life from their bats. Jonathan Schoop and Spencer Torkelson each had three hits and three others had two hits to carry the Tigers over the first place Twins.
Minnesota struck first in the second inning when catcher Gary Sanchez took advantage of a pitch in the middle of the plate and drove it deep to left center.
The Tigers answered with a home run from Derek Hill to tie the game before rookie Jose Miranda homered for the second time this season. Spencer Torkelson singled in a run before Willi Castro tied the game with a single.
Gio Urshela did his best to win it for Minnesota on Monday by hitting his fifth home run and later doubling in a run. He’s now hitting over .325 in his last 15 games.
Detroit went to closer Gregory Soto in the ninth and he earned his ninth save of the season, lowering his ERA to 2.16.
Cardinals 6, Padres 3
On Monday 42,000 people saw a close-up look at the future of the Cardinals when Nolan Gorman collected three hits, including a home run.
The Cardinals lead 3-1 in the sixth when Austin Nola looped a ball to short left field scoring the runner from second.
Paul Goldschmidt entered the day slashing .408/.464/.806, with nine home runs in May. He added to his “Player of the Month” resume with a seventh inning home run extending his hit streak to 21.
St. Louis went with a bullpen game on Monday, and it worked out just fine. Injuries and lack of depth in the rotation still need to be addressed.
Giants 5, Phillies 4 (10 Innings)
The ball was flying out of the yard in Philadelphia, as all but one run came from the long ball. Nick Castellanos and Rhys Hoskins made it 2-0, Phillies.
San Francisco responded with two of their own as Wilmer Flores (sixth inning) and Evan Longoria (ninth inning) each went yard, their fifth on the year. Longoria is tearing the cover off the ball.
Bottom of the ninth, down one, Kyle Schwarber stepped up to the plate and took Logan Webb to deep center to send it to extras.
In the 10th, Curt Casali demolished a ball, putting the Giants up by two and the Phillies would not come back.
Astros 5, Athletics 1
Yordan Alvarez stole the show with two mammoth home runs, but let’s not forget the outing Framber Valdez had. Nine innings of two-hit ball, allowing one run and striking out seven. He had everything working on Monday.
Alvarez started the scoring with a 469-foot home run moving 114 mph off the bat. Sheesh!
After a Martin Maldanado single made it 2-0, Jose Altuve drove a ball to center field and just snuck it over the wall.
Oakland scored on a single to cut the lead to 4-1, but Alvarez was not finished. A bit lighter on this one, only 444 feet.
Rockies 7, Marlins 1
The Rockies had rookie Ryan Feltner on the mound for his third career start and went seven strong innings allowing four hits and one run. That run was a 496-foot home run by Jesus Sanchez, the longest home run of the season.
Pablo Lopez pitched well, despite walking four, and turned it over to Cole Sulser. That’s when it all fell apart, surrendering four runs without recording an out. Colorado’s runs started with a Yonathan Daza double scoring two making it 3-1.
In the eighth, Garrett Hampson stepped up to the plate driving the ball into the gap for an RBI triple, which essentially sealed the game.
Guardians 7, Royals 3
This game was much closer than the score makes it seem. Jose Ramirez singled in a run to make it 1-0 before Emmanuel Rivera homered to tie it.
Ramirez saw a high fastball and pulled it over the right field fence to extend the lead to 3-1.
In the eighth, the Royals tied it once again. Whit Merrifield and Andrew Benintendi each had RBI doubles.
In the bottom half of the eighth, Cleveland responded. Andres Gimenez worked the count full before hitting the pay-off pitch and putting it over the wall.
Orioles 10, Red Sox 0
I guess the Red Sox used up all of their runs over the past few days. Tyler Wells was on the mound for Baltimore and went six scoreless innings allowing only two hits.
As always, with blowouts we just show you the goods.
Mets 13, Nationals 5
The Nationals jumped out to the early 3-0 lead thanks to a two-run single by Josh Bell (first of three hits) and a sacrifice fly. It was all Mets after that.
While the bats talked the loudest for the Mets on Monday night, let’s enjoy a little of their gloves, as Luis Guillorme had himself a highlight-packed night over at second base.
Rangers 9, Rays 5
The Rangers get the win and see prospect Josh Smith collect three hits in his debut. Not a bad day at the park.
Texas was up 2-1 in the second when Eli White homered for the second time this season to make it 4-2. That’s not even the best thing he did on Monday night.
In the sixth the Rangers made it 9-2 after an RBI single, two-run double, and RBI double. The Rays chipped away in the seventh with three run scoring singles but came up short.
Diamondbacks 6, Braves 2
The Arizona Diamondbacks have more wins than the Atlanta Braves?!
Who had that on their preseason bingo card?
Zac Gallen was on the mound in the desert and limited the Braves offense to two runs.
The Diamondbacks started the scoring early thanks to a three-run home run by Pavin Smith.
About the only highlight for the Braves came in the fourth inning when Austin Riley crushed a ball that nearly landed in the pool.
In the fifth, Ketel Marte drilled a ball over the centerfielder to make it 5-2, a lead Atlanta could not come back from.
People in Atlanta must be worried. The defending Champions have looked average through May this season, and the division is slipping away as the Mets continue to win.
Pirates 6, Dodgers 5
A crazy game to end the night. The Pirates went up 4-0 early after Tucupita Marcano (first carrer home run) and Bryan Reynolds each homered off Walker Buehler.
The Dodgers started creeping back. Hanser Alberto connected on his first in Dodger Blue, followed by Mookie Betts hitting his National League-leading 15th home run. Edwin Rios put the cherry on top with the third solo shot of the day,
The Dodgers tied in it the eighth when Justin Turner shot the ball to the left center gap, scoring Trea Turner. Chris Taylor blooped a single to score Justin Turner and it was time for Craig Kimbrel.
Kimbrel, yet again, was less than sharp. Michael Perez drove a ball to right field and the moment was perfectly set up for Mookie Betts to gun the runner at the plate, but the throw was slightly off and the tag was not accurate.
A misplayed ball by Freddie Freeman gave the Pirates the lead.
Pirates closer David Bednar was used for two innings again on Monday, throwing a season-high 50 pitches. His arm might be tired but he got the job done.