White Sox 5, Cubs 4
What. A. Game. Marcus Stroman versus Dylan Cease lead to a classic pitcher’s dual. Both lasted seven innings, Stroman surrendering three hits to Cease’s one.
The Cubs had a 1-0 lead in the ninth when David Robertson of the Cubs threw a wild pitch, scoring a runner and forcing extra innings. Cubs scored on a single and sacrifice bunt, taking the 3-1 lead.
Two was not enough as the White Sox fought back thanks to an Andrew Vaughn sacrifice fly and Jose Abreu single leading to more free baseball.
Each team pushed the ghost runner across in the 11th, sending the game to the 12th where Jake Burger delivered.
Giants 6, Reds 4
The Reds blow a lead where Tyler Mahle went 6.2 innings before surrounding his first hit. The game was turned over to the bullpen, and the Giants bats arose.
Joc Pederson singled to put the first Giants run on the board before Evan Longoria connected for his fourth home run of the season, giving the Giants their first lead of the day. Longoria has found his stride in about the last week, with all four home runs coming in that time.
Rookie outfielder Luis Gonzalez kept the runs coming as his first-pitch double scored two making it 6-2, Giants.
Alber Almora Jr. went deep in the bottom of the ninth but it wasn’t enough as the Reds fall, but still take the series.
Red Sox 12, Orioles 2
What has gotten into the Red Sox?
Their offense has erupted the past few weeks and it showed on Sunday for 15 hits and five home runs.
The first six Boston runs were all thanks to the long ball. Add three RBI doubles to their day as well.
Nick Pivetta has pitched well as of late. Sunday he went six innings, five hits, one run lowering his ERA to 3.95.
The Red Sox move to 23-25. Who knows what this team will amount to once September comes, but it will be a very interesting year in Boston.
Nationals 6, Rockies 5
Josiah Gray started the game, giving up a leadoff home run to Charlie Blackmon, his 38th career leadoff home run. Gray settled down nicely, surrendering only three hits in his five innings, but also walked three.
Washington got out to a 6-1 lead thanks to home runs from Juan Soto and Lane Thomas.
In the seventh, the Rockies started their come back. An Elias Diaz single and Blackmon ground out pushed two across. A pair of singles in the eighth cut the lead to 6-5. A great comeback effort but Colorado couldn’t get the big hit when it was needed.
Ryan McMahon is an underrated player and deserves a spot in here after his defense shined bright on Sunday.
Braves 6, Marlins 3
Marcel Ozuna had himself quite the day on Sunday, going deep twice. His first was in the first inning and his second came in the third.
After the first Ozuna home run tied the game at one, Austin Riley crushed the 1-1 pitch and put it into the seats giving the Braves a lead.
A couple of RBI doubles in the fifth inning made it 6-1 Braves. Jorge Soler stepped up to the plate in the seventh and connected on his second dinger of the day.
Kenley Jansen entered in the ninth and closed the door, earning his 12th save on the season. At 19-26, the Marlins might officially be in “bad baseball team” territory despite their offseason additions.
Tigers 2, Twins 1
Pitching led the way for the Tigers today. Elvin Rodriguez went four innings of two-hit ball before leaving the game due to injury. Five bullpen arms finished the final six innings allowing only a single run.
Harold Castro started the scoring with his fourth home run of the year. The utility-man has never hit more than five in a season. Any unexpected offense is very welcomed in Detroit this season.
Both offenses were staling when Jemier Candelario extended the lead in the seventh. Like the entire Tigers team, Caldelario has yet to really get going this season. Detroit needs several of their bats to heat up, hopefully this is the start.
An underrated play in this game happened in the bottom of the eighth. Amed Rosario drives one toward the gap when Daz Cameron showed his athleticism sprawling out to save extra bases.
A frustrating loss for the Guardians who wasted a great Tristian Mackenzie outing and fall to 19-24.
Rays 4, Yankees 2
Shane McClanahan was not as sharp as usual and still went six innings, seven hits, and one run. Yes, that is “not as sharp” for him.
The Yankees scored first when Gleybar Torres took advantage of a rare McClanhan mistake. Full count, McClanahan leaves the slider a bit high and the score becomes 1-0, New York.
The Rays responded when Ji-Man Choi went deep to tie it at one. The tie was broken in the bottom of the fifth when Taylor Walls pulled the ball just over the right field wall. Walls also flashed some leather helping keep the game close.
New York fell apart in the seventh when a bases loaded walk, followed by a hit by pitch, extended the Rays lead to 4-1. Aaron Judge added yet another home run, his 18th, to bring the game to the final of 4-2.
Twins 7, Royals 3
Minnesota will take the series split, but the first place team probably expected better. Sonny Gray and his 2.41 ERA have really flown under the radar this year. Sunday he went six strong innings, giving up two hits and one run. Hopefully he’s healthy after looking a bit banged up today.
The play of this game came from rookie Royce Lewis. Making his first start in center, Lewis flashed his athletic ability and saved an extra base hit.
Minnesota jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to a long ball by Gio Urshela, his fourth of the season.
After making the spectacular catch in center, Lewis was removed due to injury and replaced by Nick Gordan. Gordan did not waste the opportunity to remind everyone he can play too.
Twins outfielder Trevor Larnach added a home run in the fourth and RBI double in the sixth to extend the lead to 6-0.
The Twins move to 29-19 on the season, now five games up on the second place Chicago White Sox.
Brewers 8, Cardinals 0
A big win for the Brewers against the second place Cardinals. Corbin Burnes tossed seven innings of two-hit ball with eleven strikeouts.
The bats were quiet until Jace Peterson connected for a three-run home run making it 4-0.
The Brewers added on two more home runs, one from Rowdy Tellez and one from Lorenzo Cain.
The top of the NL Central did not see much movement as this series resulted in a split. While it’s clear St. Louis and Milwaukee are the class of the division, each team still has holes to fix to prepare for October.
Athletics 6, Rangers 5
Sunday Fun day at the Coliseum as the A’s walk off the Rangers in a great game. Neither starter was exactly effective, and the game came down to the bullpens.
Texas jumped out to the early lead after home runs by Corey Seager and Brad Miller made it 2-0.
A couple of Rangers RBI singles left Oakland in a 4-0 hole, before the offense took off in the fifth inning. Sean Murphy and Elvis Andrus each doubled in a run before a Texas error lead to the third run of the inning.
In the eighth, Chad Pinder lined the ball up the middle and tied the game 4-4.
A single gave the lead to Oakland and a wild pitch tied it once again. Bottom ninth, two outs, Jed Lowrie sends the fans home happy.
Lowrie, 38, came back to Oakland to likely finish his career as a club house presence to a young team. Seeing him deliver in a big spot was one of the best moments from the Athletics so far this season.
Blue Jays 11, Angels 10
With so many wild games, its hard to pick a favorite but this might be the one. Ohtani had two bombs, including the first run of the game.
Toronto worked up to a 6-2 lead before Ohtani gave another souvenir to the fans making it 6-4. The Angels took their first lead in the fourth, when Taylor Ward left the yard to make it 8-6.
In the seventh, the Blue Jays tied the game at nine after a bases loaded walk, single, and another bases loaded walk. Max Stassi homered in the bottom of the inning to make it 10-9.
In the eighth, Bo Bichette came up clutch.
Lourdes Gurriel dribbled a ball between the first basemen and the foul line, scoring Alejandro Kirk to make it 11-10.
Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 1
The Dodgers usually have plenty of highlights thanks to their loaded lineup, but today was a bit quiet. Will Smith homered to give the Dodgers the early 1-0 lead.
A single and ground out counted for the other two runs from the Dodgers. The lone Diamondbacks run came on a triple from David Peralta, who’s been swinging it well.
Padres 4, Pirates 2
A matchup between two of the top pitching prospects, Roansy Contreras and MacKenzie Gore. Gore got the best of the two in this one. Seven innings of two-hit ball.
Contreras was cruising when Jurickson Profar broke a 0-0 tie with his sixth of the season.
In the eighth inning, the Pirates finally scored thanks to a Ke’Bryan Hayes double and Josh VanMeter single, tying it 2-2.
In the bottom of the 10th, Trent Grisham homered for the third walk-off of the day.
Astros 2, Mariners 1
Luis Garcia toed the mount in Seattle, going six innings allowing only four hits and one run.
Rookie shortstop Jeremy Pena saw 88 down the middle and connected for his eighth home run of the season.
Ty France singled to tie the game before Yordan Alvarez delivered what would be the game-winning hit.
Phillies 4, Mets 5
The New York Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and then their bats went silent until the ninth. Chris Bassitt held the lead, pitching six strong innings where he allowed just one run on two hits, three walks and seven strikeouts.
The Mets bullpen did not hold the lead however, as Joely Rodriguez walked a pair in the eighth inning, before getting pulled in favor of Adam Ottavino.
Ottavino came in to face the right-handed batter Nick Castellanos and for the first time in his career, gave up home run after getting ahead in the count 0-2.
The Phillies bullpen managed to hold the lead for three outs, but could not get a fourth without giving it up. Getting his first career start, rookie Nick Plummer hit one to the moon, tying the game for the Mets.
Edwin Diaz worked around the ghost runner in the top of the 10th, then earned a win when Eduardo Escobar walked off the game ripping a line drive to right field.
The Mets move to 32-17 with the win and also earn their first series sweep of the season. Meanwhile the Phillies are 21-27, 10.5 games behind their division rival in the NL East.