We begin today’s highlight reel with the last game that completed our Saturday slate. The Philadelphia Phillies deserve top billing after beating the Dodgers yet again.
The Phillies have found a way to win their first three games in L.A. and will look to complete a shocking four-game sweep over the Dodgers on Sunday.
Phillies 8, Dodgers 3
A throwing error by Justin Turner extended the first inning long enough for Jean Segura to put the Phillies up big early, as he blasted a three-run home run. That would be the first of four home runs the Phillies hit off Julio Urias, who had a brutal start for the Dodgers.
Thanks to Turner’s error, only five of the eight runs that Urias gave up went on his ledger, but that was still enough to raise his season ERA from 2.10 to 3.00. The Phillies have scored 29 runs in the first three games this series, showing what their potent lineup is truly capable of.
Giants 0, Cardinals 4
The Giants got eight hits, but only one of them with a runner in scoring position. Dakota Hudson gave the Cardinals five scoreless innings to start the game and their bullpen continued the streak by keeping the Giants off the board entirely.
Brendan Donovan, Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado all had RBI doubles, but it was Tommy Edman who produced the biggest swing of the day, mashing his fourth home run of the season.
Edman also contributed with his Gold Glove, making another highlight play in the field to start the game.
Padres 5, Braves 6
This game was low-scoring when the starters were on the mound, as both Sean Manaea and Charlie Morton were dealing early. Manaea finished the day with 12 strikeouts, Morton had nine, and the score was 2-1 through the end of the seventh inning.
Matt Olson hit a home run for the Braves in the first and Ozzie Albies doubled in a run in the third, giving Atlanta that early lead. When Morton exited in the eighth, the Braves bullpen immediately coughed up his lead, granted their defense didn’t help.
Atlanta received errors from both of the corners, as Matt Olson and Austin Riley each made errors to help the Padres take the lead. Despite only getting two hits in the frame, the extras outs they received allowed the Padres to pile on four runs in the inning.
Manaea stayed on for one last batter in the bottom half, walking Adam Duvall before getting pulled from the game in favor of reliever Steven Wilson. Wilson retired the first two batters he faced, but then allowed a hit to Ozzie Albies that scored Duvall and closed the book on Manaea with three runs allowed. Marcell Ozuna then tied the game with a two-run homer.
Austin Riley ended up making up for his earlier error, doubling in the game-winning run to cap off Atlanta’s four-run rally.
Angels 3, Athletics 4 (Game 1)
The first game of a doubleheader, neither team did much scoring early on, with the Angels scoring one in the first and the A’s eventually tying it with a run of their own in the seventh. Once the game was tied, the Angels grabbed the lead right back, scoring two runs in the top of the eighth.
Closer Raisel Iglesias entered in the bottom of the ninth, looking to notch his ninth save of the season. But after getting the first two outs, Iglesias started to unravel, leading to his first blown save of the season.
First he gave up a double to Ramon Laureano, before walking Christian Bethancourt on five pitches. Then rookie Luis Barrera ended the game, hitting his first career home run in dramatic fashion.
Orioles 0, Tigers 3
The Detroit Tigers had an unplanned bullpen game, as starter Michael Pineda left in the second inning with a fractured middle finger. Their bullpen was excellent though, getting 23 outs without allowing a single run.
Meanwhile they scored three runs with the last two coming on solo home runs by Eric Haase and Willi Castro.
Blue Jays 5, Rays 1
The Jays and Rays traded runs in the first inning, before things went quiet with neither team breaking the tie until the eighth inning. That is when the Blue Jays erupted.
Teoscar Hernandez started things with a leadoff home run that give Toronto the late lead.
Santiago Espinal and Lourdes Guirrel Jr. combined for a run with a pair of singles, but it was Danny Jansen that provided the death nail, tucking his third home of the season just behind the left field foul pole.
Brewers 3, Marlins 9
The Milwaukee Brewers hit the first home run of the game, a Willy Adames solo shot in the first, but the Marlins hit the next three with all the solo shots coming in the bottom of the fourth.
Miami scored four more runs in the sixth and another in the eighth to cruise to the eventual 9-3 victory. Hunter Renfroe homered late, but it had little consequence on the final result of the game.
Reds 1, Pirates 3
Pittsburgh scored their first run on a balk, then scored another on an RBI single and had an early 2-0 heading into the top of the third. Daniel Vogelbach had the biggest hit of the day, a solo home run in the fourth inning to put the Pirates ahead 3-0.
Zach Thompson made sure that lead would hold up for the Pirates, giving them six scoreless innings for his best start of the season. Thompson has shaved nearly four runs off his ERA over his last two starts, pitching 11 scoreless innings in consecutive starts against the Reds.
Red Sox 11, Rangers 3
The Texas Rangers could not come at a better time for the Boston Red Sox. After struggling to an 11-20 start, the Red Sox have now won each of their last two games against the Rangers, outscoring them by a whopping 14 runs.
Game 1 was a 7-1 victory for Boston on Friday night, and the bats got even hotter in Game 2.
J.D. Martinez opened the scoring in the first, hitting his fourth home run of the year.
Corey Seager tied things up with an RBI single in the bottom half, but that is the closest the Rangers would get for the rest of the game. In the top of the second, the Red Sox piled on four runs, with Rafael Devers capping the scoring by hitting a two-run homer off the foul pole.
Boston scored another run in the fourth, three more in the fifth and finished the day with 11 runs on 14 hits. They will now look to complete their first sweep of the season on Sunday.
Astros 6, Nationals 13
Yadiel Hernandez had himself a big day. The 34-year-old had four RBIs in the first three innings, picking up one of them in the first and the next three on a home run in the third.
The Houston Astros got two runs back in the top of the fourth, but Nelson Cruz got those runs back and then some with a three-run double in the bottom half.
The Astros and Nats traded home runs in the following inning, but once again Washington added to their lead as Maikel Franco’s two-run shot was worth more than Jose Siri’s solo bomb in the top of the fifth.
Houston scored another in the sixth, but the Nationals offense piled on four more to put the Astros away for good.
Yankees 2, White Sox 3
Dallas Keuchel turned back the clock and kept the potent Yankees lineup off the board through the first five innings. Provided with two runs of support thanks to a Luis Robert RBI single and a Yoan Moncada solo home run, Keuchel was in line for his third win of the season.
The Yankees wouldn’t go down easy though, scoring a pair of late runs to tie things up.
Giancarlo Stanton drove in a run with a single in the eighth, before Kyle Higashioka flew into a sac fly double play that plated a run in the top of the ninth. With the game tied and Aroldis Chapman on the mound looking to push it into extras, the White Sox walked it off thanks to Robert.
Guardians 3, Twins 2, F10
Gimenez came around to score on a Myles Straw single and the Guardians needed that insurance run as they held on to win 3-2.
Royals 4, Rockies 10
Charlie Blackmon opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first, hitting his fifth home run of the season to put the Rockies up 2-0.
The Rockies scored another in the second, but watched their lead evaporate in the top of the third when Salvador Perez capped off a three-run rally with a homer.
The Rockies hung a crooked number in the bottom half, scoring four runs off four hits, with the last one counting the most when Sam Hilliard left the yard.
The Rockies tacked on two more runs in the fifth, Bobby Witt Jr. and Ryan MacMahon each homered for their respective teams in the seventh, and at the end of the day, Colorado cruised to the blowout win.
Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 2
Zack Gallen continued the great start to his 2022 season, allowing just two hits and a run over six innings of work. His ERA actually went from 0.95 to 1.05 in this start, but he struck out a season-high nine batters.
The one run that Gallen allowed was a solo home run to Yan Gomes, who had a big day as he broke the 1-1 tied in the top of the ninth inning with an RBI single.
Chicago scored three runs in the top of the ninth, which made the one run that the Diamondbacks scored in the bottom half meaningless, as the Cubs took the 4-2 victory.
Mariners 4, Mets 5
Chris Bassitt was great again for the Mets, striking out eight Mariners over 5 2/3 innings pitched. He gave up five hits and ultimately allowed a run in his final inning of work, when Seattle scored on single by Steven Souza.
Instead of showing you a boring RBI single though, check out the robbery Souza pulled on Jeff McNeil earlier in that game.
The Mets carried a 4-1 lead into the seventh inning, but that is when wrestling heel Jesse Winker came up to the plate.
For those who are unaware, Winker has a love-hate relationship with Mets fans, as he loves how much they hate him dating back to his days with the Reds. In 2019, Winker waved goodbye to Mets fans after ending the game on a sliding catch and he has been waving to fans ever since.
Now just over three years later, Winker delivered a game-tying three-run homer that allowed the outfielder to have more fun with his adversary Mets fans.
Winker did not get the chance to bask in the glory of his home run too long, as the Mets quickly grabbed the lead back from an unlikely source, with recently recalled catcher Patrick Mazeika delivering the game-winning homer.
Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth and the Mets went on to even this series at one game apiece.
Angels 9, Athletics 1 (Game 2)
After dropping the first game of their doubleheader, the Angels were not going to fall to the Athletics again in Game 2. With the scored tied up a 1-1 in the top of second inning, Taylor Ward gave his team comfortable lead with a grand slam.
While Ward’s homer was the most significant for the Angels winning the game, the home run that will generate the most headlines is the two-run shot Shohei Ohtani hit in the top of the fifth. The blast was the 100th home run of his young career.
Ward gave the Angels one last run with an RBI single in the seventh and Los Angeles completed the doubleheader split with a convincing 9-1 victory. Having taken the first game of the series on Friday, the Angels will look to win the four-game set today, with first pitch set for 4:07 ET.