Cubs Score Double Digits for Second Straight Game
The Cubs returned home to face the under .500 Minnesota Twins. The Cubs started off slow, down 5-2 going into the home 5th, but Addison Russell’s go-ahead grand slam gave Chicago a lead they would not let go of. Joe Mauer drove in 5 of Minnesota’s 6 runs, but it proved to not be enough, as the Cubs took game one 10-6 over the Twins.
Yankees Win Big Against Red Sox, Teams Now Tied for First
The Yankees won big against Boston, scoring four in the bottom of the 4th inning. C.C. Sabathia turned in a strong outing, giving up only one run in 7 innings, surrendering 6 hits and only one walk. Miguel Andujar leads the Bronx Bombers offensively, hitting a two-run homer in the Yankees busy fourth inning, en route to a 3-4 ballgame with 3 RBIs. The Red Sox and Yankees are now tied for first in the AL East.
Nationals Destroy Philadelphia
Six different Nationals launched seven long balls against the Phillies en route to a 17-7 win on the road. Bryce Harper, who has struggled badly with a batting average, has at least been a consistent power source, as he launched his 20th homer of the 2018 campaign. Washington scored the game’s first 9 runs, as well as the game’s last 5, as they cruised to a ten-run victory. This win moved Washington up to just one game behind the Phillies, while they remain four games behind the division-leading Braves.
Rangers Beat-Up White Sox
10 out of Texas’s 11 runs came via the long ball, as five different Rangers hit a homer in a span of just two innings. The Rangers broke the game wide open in the second with seven runs, as starter Dylan Covey gave up 9 runs in 2 1/3 innings (8 earned). Coming off the heels of a 13 inning loss the afternoon before, Covey’s short start forced manager Rick Renteria to put in DH/3rd baseman Matt Davidson to pitch an inning. He was the lone bright spot, as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning that even featured a strikeout. The Rangers soundly defeated the White Sox 11-3.
Braves Strike Late, Get Big Win in St. Louis
The Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals began a three-game series on Friday night, and neither team scored a run through six. That changed when Ender Inciarte got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Johan Camargo’s two-run double in the eighth helped break the game open. Braves starter Julio Teheran earned his sixth win on the year after throwing six shutout innings, giving up only two hits and two walks. St. Louis’s starter Miles Mikolas also pitched very well, but his offense did not help him at all, as he gave up only one run in 6 1/3 innings. The Cardinals only got four base hits throughout the entire game. The Braves won 5-1, and are now in first place in the NL East by three games over Philadelphia.
Rays Capitalize on Astros Errors
The Tampa Bay Rays scored all three of their runs on Friday evening in the home fourth, which featured two errors by the Astros. Two of the runs were unearned, but it was enough to give the Rays a 3-2 win at home.
Brewers’ Big Ninth Leads Them to Victory
The Brewers scored 5 runs in the ninth inning on Friday in Cincinnati. Keon Broxton had a game to remember, hitting his first two homers of the season, as well as driving in a run via an RBI single. The Brewers maintain their divisional lead of the Cubs by 2 1/2 games.
Seattle Wins, Gain Ground on Houston
Seattle scored three of their four runs via the long ball thanks to Mitch Haniger and Mike Zunino. Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales only gave up one run, which came in the ninth, as the Mariners defeated the Royals 4-1. Gonzales pitched a complete game, giving up only six hits and no walks. With this win and the Astros’ loss, the Mariners are now just 2 1/2 games out of first in the wild AL West.
Oakland Beats Cleveland
The A’s defeated Cleveland 3-1 on Friday night. Paul Blackburn had a really solid start for Oakland, giving up just three hits and one walk in 6 1/3 innings while giving up no runs and striking out five. The A’s are seven games over .500, while they are still seven games behind Seattle for the second AL Wild Card spot. The Tribe remains eight games up on the second-place Twins.