MLB News: Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Giants, forcing a game five

The New York Yankees postseason ended with the loss in the wild card game against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox have conquered the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS and will face the Houston Astros for the second time in five years in the ALCS after the Astros beat the Chicago White Sox 10-1 earlier today. The Atlanta Braves were up two games to one and reached the NLCS when they beat the Milwaukee Brewers today in Atlanta 5-4. The only Championship yet to be decided is the Dodgers Giants NLDS at Los Angeles. If the Dodgers could win, they would tie the Giants and force a game five.

When the Dodgers won the wild card from the St. Louis Cardinals, they created history by playing in the divisional series against the San Francisco Giants for the first time since they were the New York Giants in 1889. That year the Giants won the World Series by one game over the Boston Beaneaters.

Friday was Game one against these two western rivals. The Giants scored two runs off the Dodger’s starting pitcher Walker Buehler and the game was over; the Dodgers didn’t know it at the time, but they remained scoreless off of the Giants pitching; the Giants shut them out 4-0.

Game two was Saturday at Oracle Park in San Francisco, with an altogether different outcome. The Lost Angeles Dodgers piled on nine runs to the Giants two. Thus, tying up the five-game series at one apiece.

Game three Last night at Dodger’s Stadium, Game three was a pitcher’s duel with only one run scored on the night; it belonged to the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving them the two-game lead in the series.

Tonight was Game four Anthony DeSclafani was on the mound for the Giants and Walter Buehler for the Dodgers. The Dodgers got on board first with a Trey Turner RBI.  In the second, the Giants remained scoreless. At the bottom, the Dodgers put two on. With men on the corners, Chris Taylor doubled, putting the Dodgers up by two runs. That ended the night for DeSclafani. The Giants Alverez replaced him and shut down the Dodgers. Los Angeles 2 San Francisco 0.

In the third, Buehler put down the Giants in order. At the bottom, Kevin Castro took over for the Giants, and with two on and one out. He was replaced by Jarlin Garcia, who allowed the second walk in the inning, loading the bases. Chris Taylor flew out to end the inning, stranding three Dodgers.  At the top of the fourth, Buehler put down the Giants 1-2-3. At the bottom, one on Mookie Betts homered to right field, giving the Dodgers a four-run lead and ending Garcia’s night. Dodgers 4 Giants 0.

In the top of the fifth with two on Buehler’s (on three days rest) night was over replaced by Joe Kelly. Tommy La Stella, with two on and one out, singled, loading the bases with Giants. Darin Ruf ground out, scoring Evan Longoria. But Kelly got out of the jam, only allowing the one run. In the bottom, the Dodgers Gavin Lux walked, Cody Bellinger, singled moving Lux to third, Chris Taylor reached on a fielders choice with Lux getting caught in a run down. New pitcher Tyler Rogers faced Steven Sousa, who walked. Mookie Betts flew out as Bellinger scored. Corey Seager flew out to end a very long fifth inning. Dodgers 5 Giants 1.

At the sixth with 53,000 on hand at Dodgers Stadium, Busdar Graterol on the mound for the Dodgers put down the Giants in the sixth. Zack Littell allowed two runners to get out of the inning with the Dodgers scoreless. In the seventh, the Giants failed to score, as did the Dodgers. Dodgers 5 Giants 1.

Brandon Crawford led off with a double moved to third on a Buster Posey ground out in the eighth inning. Chris Byant gound out with Crawford scoring. That was it, but the Giants tacked on a run. At the bottom, Seager led off with a single. Then, Will Smith hit a two-run homer to the left-field stands to put the Dodgers up 7-2. In the top of the ninth with the last licks on the line for the Giants, they went down in order for the Dodgers win, forcing a game five on Thursday back in San Francisco.

MLB News: Atlanta Braves win their ticket to the NLCS

The New York Yankees postseason ended with the loss in the wild card game against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox have conquered the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS and will face the Houston Astros for the second time in five years in the ALCS after the Astros beat the Chicago White Sox 10-1 earlier today. The Atlanta Braves were up two games to one and could clinch a berth in the NLCS with a win tonight.

As in previous years, the Atlanta Braves have been one of the most successful baseball teams.  The Braves led the NL East by 6.5 games ahead of Joe Girardi’s Philadelphia Phillies. The New York Yankees’ claim to fame is that they won 3 of 4 against the Braves and both games at the Braves home park. Going into nights game

The Braves are playing the Milwaukee Brewers in the divisional series. Game one was Friday when the Brewers squeaked out a one-run lead in the 2-1 contest. Corbin Burns bested the Braves Charlie Morton. Rowdy Tellez’s two-run homer in the seventh inning sealed the deal for the Brewers.

Game two was Saturday, with the Atlanta Braves shutting out the Brewers 3-0. The game was a pitcher’s duel through the first four-inning, but the Braves scored all three game runs in the bottom of the fifth.

In Game three yesterday, the Braves did it again, shutting them out 3-0. Joc Pederson put his name in the history book in the game, only the third player to hit two pinch-hit homers in the same postseason.

Game four: Tonight’s game was at Truist Park In Atlanta. Eric Lauer was on the mound for the Brewers and Charlie Morton for the Braves. The first three innings of the game were scoreless. At the top of the fourth, the Brewers scored two runs, but in the bottom, the Braves answered with two runs of their own, tying up the game at two runs apiece.

In the fourth, the Braves sent Huascar Ynoa to the mound. With one on and one out, Rowdy Tellez homered into the trees in center to give the Brewers the two-run lead, as 51 years Brewer’s announcer Bob Uecker made the call. At the bottom, Braves came back with a run when Albies scored on a Joc Pederson single with the bases loaded. Travis d’Anaud followed with a single driving in another run and tying the game at four. Braves 4 Brewers 4.

The fifth the Brave’s fourth pitcher A.J. Minter took to the mound, shut down the Brewers. The Braves were also scoreless in the sixth. In the sixth, the Brewers were scoreless. The Braves threatened with men on the corners and two outs in the bottom, but the Brewers changed pitchers, and the Braves stranded two keeping the game tied.

In the seventh inning, with MInter still on the mound, Christain Yelich struck out swinging. The Braves brought in a new pitcher Luke Jackson who shut down the Brewers. At the bottom, the game remained tied at 4. At the eighth, with Tyler Matzke on the mound for the Braves, he put down the Brewers 1-2-3. At the bottom, Josh Hader on the mound for Brewers allowed Freddie Freeman a homer over the left-field wall for the Braves lead in the game. Braves 5 Brewers 4.

In the top of the ninth with Will Smith on the mound, he put down the Brewers for the Brave win and trip to the NLCS. The final score was the Braves 5 and the Brewers 4. The Braves will face either the San Francisco Giants or the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS on Saturday, October 16th.

MLB News: Houston Astros dominate to meet the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS

The New York Yankees postseason ended with the loss in the wild card game against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox have conquered the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS and will face the winner of today’s Astros White Sox game. Going into the game the Houston Astros are ahead in the series two games to one. A win today would send the Astros to the ALCS. The Astros won the game 10-1, dominating their rivals from the north.

Here is how the Houston Astros won their chance to face the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series.

In Game one, Lance McCullers Jr. bested the White Sox Lance Lynn. The Astros got a few small ball runs, and then Michael Brantly got a two-run dinger helping the cause. Yordan Alverez sealed the deal with a solo shot for the Astro’s sixth run in the 6-1 win.

Friday night’s Game two was more of a contest as the White Sox scored four runs to the Astros 9. The White Sox struck first in the first inning, but the Astros got it back in the second. Tim Anderson of the Sox tied a baseball record getting 12 hits in his first five postseason games. However, the tide turned for the Sox when the Astros Yuli Guirrel got a two-run homer. Two-run homers followed that by both Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker.

Game three: With their backs against the wall, the White Sox faced elimination, but they rose to the occasion and won 12-6. Dylan Cease allowed the Astros to score three runs before being taken out of the game. Kopech replaced him, giving up another three runs. But the combo of Tepera, Bummer, Kimbrel, and Hendriks kept the Astros hitless from the fourth inning on. Meanwhile, the White got to work and tacked on six additional runs off Astro’s pitching.

In the bottom of the fourth, Leury Garcia hit a three-run homer to left, giving the White Sox the lead in the game. The eighth inning sealed the deal. Andrew Vaughn doubled driving in a run. Garcia, after already hitting a three-run homer, drove in another run in the eighth. With men on the corners, Tim Anderson would double driving in Vaughn as the game’s final run. Sox 12 Astros 6, forcing a game four.

Game four: Today, the pitchers were Lance McCullers Jr. for the Astros and Carlos Rodon for the White Sox. Jake Meyers left the game in the second inning after crashing into the wall robbing the Sox of a homer. But the Chicago White Sox got on the board first when Gavin Sheets homered off McCullers Jr. in the bottom of the second inning. But that lead would not last long as the Astros came roaring back in the third and fourth.

In the third, Carlos Correa got a two-run double to left field at Guarantee Park. In the fourth, Alex Bregman would get his two-run double into the centerfield gap scoring Martin Maldonado and Jose Altuve; Bregman scored, extending the Astro lead to 5-1. With Tepera, the fourth Sox pitcher on the mound, he held down the Astros. The fifth inning was scoreless for both teams.

The Astros, in the sixth inning, put a McCormick on second, ending Tepera’s day. Against new Sox pitcher Aaron Bummer, Brantley doubled, scoring McCormick driving in another Astros run. In the bottom, the White Sox were scoreless. Astros 6 White Sox 1.

The seventh with Bummer still in for the Sox silenced the Astros. The White Sox didn’t do any better. In the eighth, Altuve scared the Sox with a double on a Sox throwing error to first. He then stole third. Brantley singled, scoring Altuve for another Astros run. Brantley stole second. Alverez walked, but Correa ground out, but the Astros tacked on another run. The eight ended the Astros 7 White Sox 1.

In the ninth, the Houston Astros tacked on another three runs including a Jose Altuve homer that the White Sox could not recover from. The final score was the Astros 10 and the White Sox 1. The Astros won their ticket to the ALCS for the fifth time in the last five years.

AL Championship series:

The Boston Red Sox will face the Houston Astros in the AL Championship Series on Friday, October 15th.

 

MLB News: Exciting day in baseball, 3 teams could reach Championship berths

The New York Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox in their wild card match this past Tuesday night, ending their dream of a 28th World Champion for at least this season, but there is still a lot of baseball action for baseball fans as the postseason chugs along.

American League divisional (A) series has been decided: Boston advances!

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox got to the AL divisional series by beating the New York Yankees in the wild card game. Both the Red  Sox and the Yankees had up and down seasons leading them to have the same 92-70 record. However, with the Sox having a better season record over the Yanks, they got the home-field advantage. On Tuesday night, the Red Sox ended the Yankees season with a 6-2 win.

The Tampa Bay Rays, for other than a short time, have led the AL East all season and dominated all of its AL East opponents finishing the season eight games ahead of both the Yankees and the Red Sox. Nine ahead of the Blue Jays and 48 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles that lost 110 games this season.

In the first game of the divisional series, the Tampa Bay Rays blew out the Red Sox 5-0. Shane McClanahan was dominant, holding the Red Sox scoreless. The Rays hit two home runs in the win. Veteran Nelson Cruz homered in the third inning, and the incredible Randy Arozarena made history with his home run. He became the fifth player to hit a homer in 19 consecutive postseason games. He also is the first to hit a homer and steal home in the same postseason game.

Game two played Friday night; the Red Sox bested the Rays by piling on the runs. At the end of the night, it was the Red Sox 14 and the Rays 6. The Sox knocked starting pitcher newbie Shane Baz out of the game. But that was better than the Sox ace Chris Sale; he was out of the game at the end of the first inning, giving up five earned runs. Tanner Houck for the Sox got the win with five innings of one-run ball. For the Sox, it was home run heaven. Bogaerts, Verdugo, Hernandez, Martinez, and Devers all hit long balls in the game.

That tied the series at one game apiece in the five-game contest. Game three was on Sunday. Game three: The Red Sox won the game 6 to 4, giving them the one-game lead in the best of five. Nathan Eovaldi was on the mound for the Sox.

Last night was Game four: With the game tied at five apiece in the ninth with Gerret Whitlock on the mound for the Sox, Choi ground out. Diaz ground out. Meadows flew out for a seven-pitch inning. In the bottom with the ALCS on the line for the Red Sox, Christian Vazquez facing JP Feyereisen, led off with a single to left. Arroyo ground out with Vazquez moving to second. Travis Shaw pinch-hitting to Dalbec singled. Kiki Herandez, with men on the corners, hit one off the all for the walk-off win and trip to the ALCS.

The final score was the Boston Red Sox 6 and the Tampa Bay Rays 5. The winning pitcher was Gerret Whitlock, the loser was Feyereisen, and the Red Sox moved on to the American League Championship Series.

Houston Astros  vs. Chicago White Sox

In Game one, Lance McCullers Jr. bested the White Sox Lance Lynn. The Astros got a few small ball runs, and then Michael Brantly got a two-run dinger helping the cause. Yordan Alverez sealed the deal with a solo shot for the Astro’s sixth run in the 6-1 win.

Friday night’s Game two was more of a contest as the White Sox scored four runs to the Astros 9. The White Sox struck first in the first inning, but the Astros got it back in the second. Tim Anderson of the Sox tied a baseball record getting 12 hits in his first five postseason games. However, the tide turned for the Sox when the Astros Yuli Guirrel got a two-run homer. Two-run homers followed that by both Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker.

Game three: With their backs against the wall, the White Sox faced elimination, but they rose to the occasion and won 12-6. Dylan Cease allowed the Astros to score three runs before being taken out of the game. Kopech replaced him, giving up another three runs. But the combo of Tepera, Bummer, Kimbrel, and Hendriks kept the Astros hitless from the fourth inning on. Meanwhile, the White got to work and tacked on six additional runs off Astro’s pitching.

In the bottom of the fourth, Leury Garcia hit a three-run homer to left, giving the White Sox the lead in the game. The eighth inning sealed the deal. Andrew Vaughn doubled driving in a run. Garcia, after already hitting a three-run homer, drove in another run in the eighth. With men on the corners, Tim Anderson would double driving in Vaughn as the final run of the game. Sox 12 Astros 6, forcing a game four.

Game four: After being postponed for a day due to rain, today’s game four will take place on the south side of Chicago at 2:07 pm EDT. If the Astros win today’s game, they will go to the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox on Friday. Today’s pitchers will be Lance McCullers Jr. for the Astros and Carlos Rodon for the White Sox. If the White Sox win, it will force a game five back at MinuteMaid Park in Houston.AL Championship series:

The Boston Red Sox will face the Houston Astros Chicago White Sox winner on Friday, October 15th.

National League divisional series:

San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

When the Dodgers won the wild card from the St. Louis Cardinals, they created history by playing in the divisional series against the San Francisco Giants for the first time since they were the New York Giants in 1889. That year the Giants won the World Series by one game over the Boston Beaneaters.

Friday was Game one against these two western rivals. The Giants scored two runs off the Dodger’s starting pitcher Walker Buehler and the game was over; the Dodgers didn’t know it at the time, but they remained scoreless off of the Giants pitching; the Giants shut them out 4-0.

Game two was Saturday at Oracle Park in San Francisco, with an altogether different outcome. The Lost Angeles Dodgers piled on nine runs to the Giants two. Thus, tying up the five-game series at one apiece.

Last night at Dodger’s Stadium, Game three was a pitcher’s duel with only one run scored on the night; it belonged to the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving them the two-game lead in the series.  Tonight is Game four elimination night for the San Franciso Giants. If the Dodgers win, they will go to the NLCS facing either the Brewers or the Braves. If the Dodgers lose, they travel back to San Francisco, forcing a game five. The game tonight is at 9:07 EDT with Anthony DeSclafani on the mound for the Giants. As of this writing, the Dodgers have not announced their starter for the game.

Atlanta Braves vs. Milwaukee Brewers

As in previous years, the Atlanta Braves have been one of the most successful baseball teams.  The Braves led the NL East by 6.5 games ahead of Joe Girardi’s Philadelphia Phillies. The New York Yankees’ claim to fame is that they won 3 of 4 against the Braves and both games at the Braves home park.

The Braves are playing the Milwaukee Brewers in the divisional series. Game one was Friday when the Brewers squeaked out a one-run lead in the 2-1 contest. Corbin Burns bested the Braves Charlie Morton. Rowdy Tellez’s two-run homer in the seventh inning sealed the deal for the Brewers.

Game two was Saturday, with the Atlanta Braves shutting out the Brewers 3-0. The game was a pitcher’s duel through the first four-inning, but in the bottom of the fifth, the Braves scored all three game runs.

In Game three yesterday, the Braves did it again, shutting them out 3-0. In the game, Joc Pederson put his name in the history book, only the third player to hit two pinch-hit homers in the same postseason.

Game four is today at 5:15 pm EDT at Truist Park In Atlanta. Neither team has announced their starters for the game at the time of this writing. If the Braves win today, they will go on to the ALCS facing the winner of the Giants/Dodgers series; if they don’t, that will force a gave five back in Milwaukee.

NL Championship series:

The San Francisco Los Angeles series winner will face the Atlanta Milwaukee series winner in the NL Championship Series on Saturday, October 16.

2021 World Series:

The AL and NL Championship Series winners will face each other in the best of seven series starting on Tuesday, October 26th.

MLB News: Boston Red Sox earn a ticket to the ALCS, Goodbye Tampa Bay

The Boston Red Sox got to the AL divisional series by beating the New York Yankees in the wild card game. Both the Red  Sox and the Yankees had up and down seasons leading them to have the same 92-70 record. However, with the Sox having a better season record over the Yanks, they got the home-field advantage. On Tuesday night, the Red Sox ended the Yankees season with a 6-2 win.

The Tampa Bay Rays, for other than a short time, have led the AL East all season and dominated all of its AL East opponents finishing the season eight games ahead of both the Yankees and the Red Sox. Nine ahead of the Blue Jays and 48 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles that lost 110 games this season.

In the first game of the divisional series, the Tampa Bay Rays blew out the Red Sox 5-0. Shane McClanahan was dominant, holding the Red Sox scoreless. The Rays hit two home runs in the win. Veteran Nelson Cruz homered in the third inning, and the incredible Randy Arozarena made history with his home run. He became the fifth player to hit a homer in 19 consecutive postseason games. He also is the first to hit a homer and steal home in the same postseason game.

Game two; the Red Sox bested the Rays by piling on the runs. At the end of the night, it was the Red Sox 14 and the Rays 6. The Sox knocked starting pitcher newbie Shane Baz out of the game. But that was better than the Sox ace Chris Sale; he was out of the game at the end of the first inning, giving up five earned runs. Tanner Houck for the Sox got the win with five innings of one-run ball. For the Sox, it was home run heaven. Bogaerts, Verdugo, Hernandez, Martinez, and Devers all hit long balls in the game.

Game three: The Red Sox won the game 6 to 4, giving them the one-run lead in the best of five. Nathan Eovaldi was on the mound for the Sox. The Rays got on the board first with a two-run homer by Austin Meadows in the first. The Red Sox answered with a solo shot by Kyle Schwarber. Eovaldi, in the top of the third, put down the side in order. In the bottom of the third, Kiki Hernandez drove in a run to tie it up. Then, Rafael Devers drove in another run to Boston’s first lead of the game.

In the fifth inning against the third, Tampa reliever Kiki Hernandez got a solo shot tacking on another Boston run. Red Sox 4-2. The sixth and seventh innings were scoreless. In the top of the eighth, Wandy Franco hit his first-ever postseason home run into the green monster seats, tieing up the game. The game remained tied into the 13th inning.

At the top of the 13th, Randy Arozarena hit a double; then you saw one of the most unusual plays in baseball Kevin Kiermairer hit what appeared to be a home run to right-center. But upon review, the ball hit the wall, bounced off the Red Sox Hunter Renfroe and into the seats, and was ruled a ground-rule double. Denino struck out, ending the inning scoreless for the Rays with the game still tied. Then, at the bottom, with one on, Christian Vazquez homered over the green monster, becoming the eighth catcher ever to hit a walk-off homer. The final score was The Red  Sox 6 and Tampa Bay 4.

Game four; With the Red Sox up two games to one tonight, the Red Sox could get their ticket to the ALCS with a win. If the Rays won, it would force a game five back at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox sent Eduardo Rodriguez to secure the win. Tampa put Collin McHugh on the mound. The first inning was scoreless for both teams. The second inning was led off by the veteran Nelson Cruz who went down on strikes. E-Rod ended up putting down the side in order. At the bottom, McHugh did the same, no score.

In the third inning, Austin Meadows struck out on the 17th pitch. The rest went down 1-2. At the bottom, Shane McClanahan took over for the Rays. Rafael Devers hit a long one into the green monster seats for the 3-0 Red Sox lead with two on. Verdugo drove in a run with a double off the monster wall for the four-run lead. That was followed by J.T Martinez hitting off the same division for another run ending McCalahan’s night. JT Chargois replaced him. He did no better allowing another double off the monster. Still, with two outs, Valezquz struck out to finally end the inning, but the Red Sox picked up five runs. Boston 5 Tampa Bay 0.

In the fourth, with E-Rod still on the mound, he again put down the Rays. At the bottom, with Kittredge on the mound, he silenced the Sox putting them down in order. In the fifth, Austin Meadows got an RBI ground out to first to put the Rays on the board, but that’s all they would get. At the bottom, Kittredge pitched a 1-2-3 fifth. Red Sox 5 Tampa Bay Rays 1.

E-Rod was still on the mound for the Red Sox in the sixth, but Kevin Kiermaier doubled, and Rodriguez left the game to applause. Tanner Houck replaced him. Wander Franco, with one on, got a homer to the monster seats, and it was a two-run game, but that is all they would get. Then, in the bottom of the seventh inning, Rafael Dever singled, putting two on with one out ending Fleming’s night, who Pete Fairbanks replaced; Xander Bogaerts ground out into a double play that ended the inning. Red Sox 5 Tampa 3.

In the eighth inning, Mike Zunino led off with a double, Kiermaier doubled, driving in Zunino to make it a one-run game. Randy Arozarena doubled, scoring Kiermaier that tied the game at five apiece. At the bottom, with two outs, Nelson Cruz ground out to end the inning, keeping the game tied at 5.  At the bottom of the inning, Verdugo hit single to short, but Franco overthrew first that went into the dugout for a double with no outs. But the Sox couldn’t score. Game tied at 5

The ninth with Gerret Whitlock on the mound for the Sox, Choi ground out. Diaz ground out. Meadows flew out for a seven-pitch inning. In the bottom with the ALCS on the line for the Red Sox, Christian Vazquez facing JP Feyereisen, led off with a single to left. Arroyo ground out with Vazquez moving to second. Travis Shaw pinch-hitting to Dalbec singled. Kiki Herandez, with men on the corners, hit one off the all for the walk-off win and trip to the ALCS.

The final score was the Boston Red Sox 6 and the Tampa Bay Rays 5. The winning pitcher was Gerret Whitlock, the loser was Feyereisen, and the Red Sox moved on to the American League Championship Series.

 

MLB News: White Sox run explosion staved off elimination

The New York Yankees lost to the Red Sox in the wild-card game for another early exit to the postseason, but baseball went on into the postseason. The Red Sox captured their second win in the five-game series, with Christian Vazquez hitting the walk-off homer in the 13th for only the 8th time a catcher has hit a walk-off hit.  That aside, last night, the Houston Astros had a chance to seal the deal and get to the Championship series with a win over the Chicago White Sox.

After winning the first two games in Houston, they went to Guaranteed Field in Chicago, just one win away from a Championship berth against either the Boston Red Sox or the Tampa Bay Rays. At the end of the night, the Houston Astros were still a game away from entering that Championship series. The White Sox won the game 12-6.

The Houston Astros sent Luis Garcia to the mound to face the White Sox Dylan Cease. In the first inning, the Chicago White Sox were on the board first when Eloy Jimenez hit an RBI single. However, that lead was short-lived as the Astros answered in the second with three runs of their own, including Tyler Tucker’s two-run blast followed by an RBI single. Houston Astros 3 the Chicago White Sox 1.

Unbelievably in the top of the third inning, Kyle Tucker again homered with another two-run blast. However, that was pretty much all the Astros would do in the game as the tide turned toward the boys from the south side of Chicago. With Alex Bregman’s RBI in the fourth inning, the score was tied at 6-6. At the bottom of the fourth, Jose Abreu’s RBI would put the White Sox up by one, and they would not look back.

Also, in the same inning with Zack Greinke on the mound centerfielder, Robert put the Sox up another run. Eloy Jimenez hit his second RBI in the game, also in the bottom of the fourth. The fifth, sixth and seventh innings would remain scoreless for both teams.

In the top of the eighth inning, the White Sox would come alive again, this time against the Astros’ sixth pitcher of the night, Brooks Raley. Again, it was RBI heaven for the Sox. Andrew Vaughn, Leury Garcia had an RBI double, and Tim Anderson followed with the final RBI of the game. In that process, Anderson put his name in the baseball history books by having 16 hits in his last six postseason games.

Liam Hindricks sealed the deal for the White Sox, pitching a scoreless top of the ninth inning. The final score was the White Sox 12 and the Astros 6. The winning pitcher was Michael Kopech and the loser Yimi Garcia. The divisional series is now Houston 2 White Sox 1.

The elimination game for the Sox could put the Astros into the Championship Series will take place today. October 11 at 2:37 CDT at Guaranteed Field on the south side of Chicago. Carlos Rodon will be on the mound for the Sox and Jose Urquidy for the Astros. The game will be televised on FS1. If the White Sox can win this game, it will force a game five back at MinuteMaid Park in Houston. But, on the other hand, if Houston wins it, they will have their ticket to the AL Championship Series between the Tampa Bay Rays or Boston Red Sox.

MLB News: The latest update on the 2021 postseason results

The New York Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox in their wild card match this past Tuesday night, ending their dream of a 28th World Champion for at least this season, but there is still a lot of baseball action for baseball fans as the postseason chugs along.

American League divisional series:

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox got to the AL divisional series by beating the New York Yankees in the wild card game. Both the Red  Sox and the Yankees had up and down seasons leading them to have the same 92-70 record. However, with the Sox having a better season record over the Yanks, they got the home-field advantage. On Tuesday night, the Red Sox ended the Yankees season with a 6-2 win.

The Tampa Bay Rays, for other than a short time, have led the AL East all season and dominated all of its AL East opponents finishing the season eight games ahead of both the Yankees and the Red Sox. Nine ahead of the Blue Jays and 48 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles that lost 110 games this season.

In the first game of the divisional series, the Tampa Bay Rays blew out the Red Sox 5-0. Shane McClanahan was dominant, holding the Red Sox scoreless. The Rays hit two home runs in the win. Veteran Nelson Cruz homered in the third inning, and the incredible Randy Arozarena made history with his home run. He became the fifth player to hit a homer in 19 consecutive postseason games. He also is the first to hit a homer and steal home in the same postseason game.

Game two played last night; the Red Sox bested the Rays by piling on the runs. At the end of the night, it was the Red Sox 14 and the Rays 6. The Sox knocked starting pitcher newbie Shane Baz out of the game. But that was better than the Sox ace Chris Sale; he was out of the game at the end of the first inning, giving up five earned runs. Tanner Houck for the Sox got the win with five innings of one-run ball. For the Sox, it was home run heaven. Bogaerts, Verdugo, Hernandez, Martinez, and Devers all hit long balls in the game.

The series is now tied at one game apiece in the five-game contest. Game three will be on Sunday at 4:07 pm EDT.

Houston Astros  vs. Chicago White Sox

On Sunday, the Houston Astros can claim their ticket to the Championship Series with a win over the White Sox as they have won the first two games against their northern foe.

In game one, Lance McCullers Jr. bested the White Sox Lance Lynn. The Astros got a few small ball runs, and then Michael Brantly got a two-run dinger helping the cause. Yordan Alverez sealed the deal with a solo shot for the Astro’s sixth run in the 6-1 win.

Thursday night’s game two was more of a contest as the White Sox scored 4 runs to the Astros 9. The White Sox struck first in the first inning, but the Astros got it back in the second. Tim Anderson of the Sox tied a baseball record getting 12 hits in his first five postseason games. However, the tide turned for the Sox when the Astros Yuli Guirrel got a two-run homer. Two-run homers followed that by both Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker.

AL Championship series:

The winner of the Tampa Bay Red Sox series will face the winner of the Houston Astros Chicago White Sox series on Friday, October 15th.

National League divisional series:

San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

When the Dodgers won the wild card from the St. Louis Cardinals, they created history by playing in the divisional series against the San Francisco Giants for the first time since they were the New York Giants in 1889. That year the Giants won the World Series by one game over the Boston Beaneaters.

Yesterday was game one against these two western rivals. The Giants scored two runs off the Dodger’s starting pitcher Walker Buehler and the game was over; the Dodgers didn’t know it at the time, but they remained scoreless off of the Giants pitching, the Giants shut them out 4-0. Game two will be tonight at 9:07 pm EDT at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

Atlanta Braves vs. Milwaukee Brewers

As in previous years, the Atlanta Braves have been one of the most successful baseball teams.  The Braves led the NL East by 6.5 games ahead of Joe Girardi’s Philadelphia Phillies. The New York Yankees’ claim to fame is that they won 3 of 4 against the Braves and both games at the Braves home park.

The Braves are playing the Milwaukee Brewers in the divisional series. Game one was yesterday when the Brewers squeaked out a one-run lead in the 2-1 contest. Corbin Burns bested the Braves Charlie Morton. Rowdy Tellez’s two-run homer in the seventh inning sealed the deal for the Brewers. Game two is today at 5:07 pm EDT.

NL Championship series:

The San Francisco Los Angeles series winner will face the Atlanta Milwaukee series winner in the NL Championship Series on Saturday, October 16.

2021 World Series:

The AL and NL Championship Series winners will face each other in the best of seven series starting on Tuesday, October 26th.

MLB News: Los Angeles Dodgers walk off the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Wild Card win

On Tuesday night, the New York Yankees season ended when the Boston Red Sox topped them in a 6-2 MLB wild-card contest at Fenway Park. Next, the Boston Red Sox will face the Tampa Bay Rays, the clear AL East division leader. That series will start on Thursday evening.

Tonight the National League MLB wild card was decided to see what team would play the NL West leader San Francisco Giants in the division series. The winner of those contests, AL and NL, will go on to their respective championship series; the winners to each will match up in the 2021 World Series.

The game tonight was between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Cardinals had an impressive 17 game winning streak to get into the wild card game. The Dodgers won 17 of its last 20 games to get their berth in the wild card. All eyes would be on Tyler O’Neill, Paul Goldschmidt, and Nolan Arenado, who combined for 28 homers of the 52 St. Louis had in September. Tonight the two teams met at Dodger Stadium, with the winner of the game facing the Giants in the NL divisional series.

The Dodgers sent righty Max Scherzer to the mound to face the Cardinals Adam Wainwright. These were two of the hottest pitchers this season. Scherzer was 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA. The Dodgers have won his last 13 consecutive starts.  Wainwright was 17-7 with an ERA of 3.05. He is coming off his 17th win of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers, with the Cardinals winning his last eight straight starts.

The Los Angeles Dodgers topped the St. Luis Cardinals this season, winning four of their seven games together, giving the Dodgers the home-field advantage in the wild card game.

In the first inning of the wild card game, Scherzer faced the Cardinals. The Cardinals started the game with a man on. A steal and a walk, and Scherzer was in trouble. A wild pitch allowed the Cardinals to get on the board first. But a strikeout and fly-out got him out of the inning without further damage. At the bottom of the inning, Mookie Bettes led off against Wainwright with a single to short. But that is all they would get. Cardinals 1 Dodgers 0.

The second and third innings were scoreless, as was the top of the fourth, But in the bottom of the fourth, the Dodgers got the run back when Justin Turner homered off Wainwright. After that, the fifth inning was scoreless for both teams. Los Angeles Dodgers 1 St. Louis Cardinals 1.

In the top of the sixth inning, Max Scherzer was replaced by Brusdar Graterol, who shut down the Cardinals. In the bottom with Wainwright still on the mound for the Cardinals. With a man on first and Justin Turner coming up, Wainwright’s night was over replaced by Luis Garcia.  Turner walked for two on and two outs. But by the end of the inning, it remained with the teams still tied at one.

At the top of the seventh, Blake Treinen took over the pitching for the Dodgers and did the job with the game remaining tied. At the bottom, with Garcia still on the mound for the Cardinals, Cody Bellinger singled and stole second. But Mookie Betts flew out to left to end the inning still tied.

The eighth inning with one on the Dodgers made a pitching change replacing Treinen with Corey Knebel, who got the final out, ending the half still tied. At the bottom, the Cardinal closer Glovanny Gallegos took the mound, and  Trea Turner singled to left field, but it was for naught was Gallego closed out the inning scoreless for the Dodgers. Dodgers 1 Cardinals 1.

At the top of the ninth inning, closer Kenley Jensen took the mound for the Dodgers. Tommy Edman singled to right field. Edman stole second. Tyler O’Neill struck out to end the half leaving the Dodgers the ability to walk it off in the bottom of the inning. The Cardinals sent T. J. McFarland to the mound in the bottom to shut down the Dodgers. Albert Pujols pinch-hitting flew out to center.  Steven Souza flew out for out number two. Cody Bellinger walked and ended McFarland’s night. He was replaced by Alex Reyes facing Chris Taylor. Bellinger stole second for the second time in the game. Taylor homered to left with the Dodgers walk-off win.

The final score was the Los Angeles Dodgers 3 and the St. Louis Cardinals 1. The winning pitcher was Kenley Jensen, and the loser was T. J. McFarland. The Los Angles Dodgers will go on to the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants for the first time in baseball history.

 

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MLB News: AL All-Stars win the World Series home-field advantage again

Tonight all of baseball, regardless of team affiliation, MLB honored the All-Stars of 2021 at Coors Field, Denver, Colorado, at the annual All-Star game. The game was originally scheduled to occur in Atlanta, Georgia, but when Georgia passed suppressive voting rules, MLB took a stand and moved the game to Colorado, one of the state with the least restrictive voting rights laws. The winner of the game got the home-field advantage in the World Series, and that was the American League for the 8th time in a row..

The pregame led off with a tribute to Hank Aaron, one of baseball’s greats who passed away this year. Hank Aaron was one of a kind, a man like Jackie Robinson that paved the way for future black players. During his time in baseball, especially from the beginning, he endured extreme racism, but he did it with grace and professionalism. On  April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record. After that, he started to receive the praise he deserved. Over the decades, he has become a true baseball legend. Unfortunately, Aaron died on January 22nd.

Only New York Yankee slugger Aaron Judge was selected to start the All-Star game in the right field in the months-long selection process. In a different selection process Yankees ace Gerrit Cole was selected to pitch in the game, although not as a starter; that honor went to Shohei Ohtani. Also selected was Yankee closer, Aroldis Chapman. Following the pregame ceremonies, the team lineups and starting lineups of the American and National League players were individually introduced. That was followed byt a park video again honoring Hank Aaron. Then, Yankee Aaron Judge walked his wife Bille Aaron onto the field to receive an Aaron jersey autographed by every All-Star player.

The national colors were presented with a field-sized American flag unfurled across the field as Hamiton star Christopher Jackson sang the national anthem and a military fly-over.

Then the 91st All-Star game started with Max Scherzer facing Shohei Ohtani, who ground out to second base. Scherzer started with a 1-2-3 inning putting down all he faced. Then, a the bottom phenomenon Shohei Ohtani was on the mound as the AL starting pitcher; he faced Fernando Tatis Jr., who flew out to left field. He put down all three players he faced, including Colorado’s favorite Nolan Arenado. No score.

The second inning was led off by New York Yankee Aaron Judge faced Corbin Burnes, and he walked on four pitches. Rafael Devers doubled down the right-field line moving Judge to third base. Semien singled, and Aaron Judge scored for the American League lead in the game. Perez, with two on and no outs, struck out. Hernandez struck out, leaving two on base, but the AL got the one-run lead in the game. At the bottom, Lance Lynn faced Freeman, who rocketed to first for the first out.  Castellanos skied out. Winkler walked. Realmuto went down swinging. AL 1 NL 0.

Mullins led off the third inning against Burnes out for his second inning and struck out. Ohtani ground out for the second time. Gurriel Jr. homered for the 200th home run in All-Star history for the second run for the AL.  Bogaerts singled. Aaron Judge lined out to short, but the AL picked up the two-run lead. At the bottom, Lyle Gibson faced Reynolds, who almost homered, but Aaron Judged reached over the wall and robbed him. Frazier singled. Tatis Jr. flew out to right-center. Muncy popped out. AL 2 NL 0.

The fourth inning was led off by German Marquez, who ground out Devers. Semien ground out to third. Perez struck out swinging. At the bottom, Nathan Eovaldi faced Arenado, who ground out to second. Freeman singled. Castellanos ground into a double play to end the inning. AL 2 NL 0.

Hernandez got a leadoff fifth inning double against Trevor Rogers. Mullins singled with Hernandez going to third. Rogers struck out. Guerrero ground out, but Hernandez scored for the third AL run. Bogaerts singled driving in another run. Judge flew out to end the half. At the bottom, AL pitcher Gregory Soto faced  Winker, who few out. Realmuto homered for the first NL run. Reynold tapped out. Frazier lined out to short. AL 4 NL 1.

Ramirez was led off the sixth inning facing Taijuan Walker; he flew out to far center field. Merrifield struck out. Zunino got the AL’s fifth run. Walsh flew out. At the bottom, Chris Bassitt pitching, Crawford popped out. Turner ground out. Machado singled but advanced to third on an AL error. Cronenworth walked. Soto walked to load the bases with NL players. Bryant at the plate a passed ball allow Machado to score, Bryant ended up striking out. AL 5 NL 2.

Garcia led off the seventh inning against Freddie Peralta and struck out. Martinez struck out swinging. Olson also struck out swinging. The bottom of the inning was led off by Narvaez facing new AL pitcher Andrew Kittredge and ground out up the middle. Taylor lined out to third. Albies ground out to first. AL 5 NL 2.

Bischette led off the eighth inning against former Yankee Mark Melancon and struck out. Gallo walked. Alex Reyes took over for Melancon, facing Wendal, who singled for two on and one out. Merrifield ground into a force-out, moving Gallo to third. Zunino ground out to end the half. At the bottom, Trey Turner flew out to right. Justin Turner singled. Escobar singled up the middle to two on and one out for the NL. Cronenworth ground out to short. Soto walked to load the bases for the NL for the second time. Bryant flew out to left leaving the bases loaded. AL 5 NL 2.

At the top of the ninth with Craig Kimbrel on the mound, Jared Walsh flew out to center. Garcia doubled to second. Nelson Cruz with 435 home runs ground out to first. The new pitcher was Zack Wheeler facing Matt Olsen struck out. The NL with the last licks on the line sent Narvaez out to face new AL pitcher Liam Hendriks and singled. Narvaez tried to advance on a passed ball that bounced back to the catcher and he got him out at second. Chris Taylor struck out swinging. Ozzie Albies got a two-out double. Craig Turner ground out to center to end the game and give the American League the home-field advantage in the World Series.

The final score was the American League 5 and the National League 2. The winning pitcher was Shohei Ohtani and the loser was Corbin Burnes. The save went to Liam Hendriks. It was the American Leagues’ 8th All-Star win in a row.  The All-Star MVP was Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

 

Mets Game Preview: (6/15/21) vs. Chicago Cubs (38-28)

The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs play game two of their series after the Mets took the opening matchup. The victory broke the Cubs’ five-game winning streak, and it broke a seven-game losing streak in home games against the Cubs. Game two is set to begin at 7:10 p.m. ET from Citi Field.

The Mets starting pitching was already great this season, and David Peterson‘s strong start made them look even better. Their 2.72 ERA, .205 average against, and 26 home runs allowed are the best in all of baseball. Of course, it helps when Jacob deGrom is part of the group, but it takes an entire group to put together the tremendous numbers they have. The whole pitching staff has been even better for home games where they have a 2.01 ERA and allowed just 14 home runs.

Cubs shortstop Javy Baez expects to return to the lineup after missing the last couple of games with a thumb issue. Baez was able to pinch-hit in Monday’s game which gives hope to the rest of the lineup. The Cubs only managed three hits last night, and two of them were home runs. Baez would bring back a power/speed threat the lineup is lacking.

Pitching Matchup

Taijuan Walker makes his 12th start of the season and has been brilliant for the Mets. In 61 innings, he has a 2.07 ERA with 60 strikeouts and has allowed just two home runs. Walker had his best start of the season against the Baltimore Orioles, where he pitched seven innings, allowing one run and struck out nine. He had his worst start against the Cubs, where he lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed three runs (two earned), and walked six.

Alec Mills makes a spot start after spending 13 of 14 games as a reliever. Mills has a no-hitter to his name but has struggled in 2021. He has a 6.08 ERA in 23.2 innings, with four home runs allowed. Mills has allowed runs in his last five innings out of the bullpen and has not thrown more than 57 pitches in any game this season.

Matchups To Lookout For

Alec Mills vs. Jose Peraza: 3-for-9 (.333), Double, 3 Strikeouts

Taijuan Walker vs. Joc Pederson: 7-for-17 (.412), 2 Doubles, Home Run, Walk, 4 Strikeouts

Taijuan Walker vs. Eric Sogard: 3-for-10 (.300), Walk, Strikeout